3 Types of daggers

The word dagger comes from the French word "dague" which came from Latin "dexter", which means right; this is because daggers were mostly being carried in that hand. It is a stabbing weapon that has a short, generally straight blade with a sharp point and typically a double-edged blade. 

The word dagger has historically had negative connotations and is often associated with murder. The daggers in this sense refers to any kind of thrusting or stabbing weapon, usually one with a long slender blade designed for deep penetration. These were mostly used during the ancient period, but continued to be used during the Middle Ages when they became more elaborate from earlier versions.

In the 19th century, "dagger" was a common term for any long-shafted weapon such as a spear or polearm; this meaning is now obsolete. Also long-shafted weapons like the halberd and the glaive became more popular, particularly in contrast to short-shafted weapons like the dagger.

Uses of a Dagger

The primary function of a dagger is as a weapon, but they are also suitable for a range of other uses, including cutting keys off locks. Due to their killing capabilities they have often been feared and associated with murder, though this is a misconception. The so-called murder weapon used by Jack the Ripper was not a dagger at all, but rather an article that he cut off his trousers with. 

  • Military Uses

Many types of Daggers were widely available to civilians during much of medieval history. The modern military uses the term "dagger" for some cool knives with a mainly ceremonial function, though some countries use it to designate a small personal weapon (such as the United States Marine Corps or Thailand). 

  • Martial Art Uses

Daggers can be thrown as a type of knife. In martial arts, they are known as "throwing knives" and are used to throw or skewer an opponent.

  • Fiction Uses

In fiction, daggers are often used by assassins such as in fictional works of fantasy, horror stories, and science fiction – particularly those of the sword and sorcery theme – of which there have been many variations. Fantasy daggers may have elaborate designs and be made of magical materials. In historical fantasy or fiction, magical daggers may be used to end a curse placed on an individual.


Types of Daggers

Daggers can be classified into one of two broad categories- thrusting or slashing. Thrusting daggers include those with narrow, sharp blades that typically have long hilts and a round guard to protect the hand. Slashing daggers are heavier than thrusting dagger types and have curved blades that often have a prominent forward spike on the end of the blade or an expanding point at one side of the blade. 

Daggers may also be classified by how they were made- many were made from wrought iron, brass, bronze, steel, or silver. Some types of daggers were forged in clay before being heated and hammered into shape; others may just have been cold-hammered from metal during manufacturing.

Also Read: Different Types of Daggers and their Uses

As a weapon, the dagger is unique in that it was one of the first weapons that was truly portable. As early as the Neolithic period, "throwing daggers" have been found among archeological sites. These early versions were just sharpened stones and sticks. 

Later versions were more sophisticated; they used materials such as flint, bone, wood, and metals to make a more balanced and durable weapon. The earliest daggers had no hilt or hand guard; they were not thrown but instead held in place by the user's hand during use.

1. Push Daggers

Push daggers are basically types of daggers with blades that can be pushed out of the hilt when the button is pushed. This allows the blade to protrude from behind your fist and leaves you with a surprise weapon. 

Push dagger

When you’re in a tight spot and need to fight, using a push dagger is better than using your bare hands as they give you an advantage against someone without weapons, especially if they only have their fists. If you were too close for comfort, it would also allow you to defend yourself without having to worry about being punched in the process.

Although they don’t have a lot of reach, they can be great tools for backstabbing someone, and they’re fast. They are also harder to spot compared to other weapons as well. If you want to get the advantage as fast as possible, these are perfect weapons of choice.

Push daggers were also used in more recent times by Secret Service agents in the United States. In fact, it was Thomas Hickey who brought the concept to this team after seeing them being used by pirates and highwaymen in England during his time back then.

2. Medieval Daggers

In the 15th century, the form of knife that many soldiers used was called a dagger. The blade is usually about 4 inches long and is pointed. A medieval dagger was typically made from fine-quality steel and sometimes had a silver or gold handle. The primary use for daggers was its role in combat, which involved stabbing or slashing at opponents with force. 

Medieval dagger

These types of daggers were used in ancient times for several reasons: to provide protection against beasts, enemies and wild animals; to hunt and kill prey; as fighting and self defense weapons; for killing enemy leaders or soldiers on the battlefield; and for espionage. The earliest daggers are from the Middle Ages, but the history of medieval daggers dates back over 5,000 years.

Ancient Egyptian daggers (about 4,400 BC) were usually made from steel and were inlaid with gold or other precious metals. During the Roman Empire, daggers were commonly carried as a sign of status by Roman aristocrats. Around 1000 AD this practice continued, but also extended its scope to royals who had no military ambitions.

3. Fantasy Daggers

The recent popular surge of fantasy books and movies has brought on a new love for all things medieval. And who can blame them? The Renaissance era’s dark beauty and mysterious sophistication is enough to fuel any fandom. It’s no surprise that the medieval weapon du jour would be the daggers of this period, specifically those crafted with intricate patterns that were later dubbed “fantasy dagger.”

Fantasy dagger

A dagger's blade is one of its most important aspects, so it's necessary to have a working knowledge about blade types and quality before investing in one. The dagger blade has three parts: the blade itself, the edge, and the point. The thickness of the blade is what determines its quality. A thicker blade has more durability in combat and can hold an edge longer. 

Remember, this means that a heavier weapon will be harder to carry around with you on a daily basis. The three basic types of daggers blade are single-edged, double-edged, or false edged (with a blunt backside). Single-edged blades were used for piercing and slashing. 

They were best for quick stabbing motions because sharpened edges cut through things better than blunted ones do. Double-edged dagger blades had two sharp sides, making them excellent for stabbing tasks while remaining agile enough to slash opponents as well.

If you're looking to arm your character with a powerful effect and lore-appropriate weapon, look no further than the fantasy dagger. This versatile weapon can be found in almost every culture, so it is not difficult to find a design that suits your needs! 

Factors to Consider When Buying a Dagger

There are dozens of variations on this popular item and it's often used as both a practical weapon but also a symbolic tool. Here are some things you should consider before choosing which types of daggers will best suit your needs.

  • Is there an important story or world behind the blade? If so, research accordingly. 
  • Make sure that when you're done using it, it has been put back in its sheath properly for safety reasons.
  • You can always attach your own name to the sheath if you so choose.
  • Check if the dagger is sharp enough and strong enough to be used on a regular basis.
  • Is it rusted or has it been cleaned? 
  • Check the handle of the dagger for looseness.
  • If it's been cleaned, make sure there is no residue left behind. If a residue is identified, use sandpaper to take off any leftover gunk/rust. In most cases, warm water should take off any rust but don't use steel wool or wire brushes unless you have to (for example with a broken blade). 
  • These types of daggers can scratch hardened blades, causing the metal beneath to corrode in the future.