The so-called bollock dagger, also known as ballock dagger or kidney dagger, owes its quite peculiar name to the two distinctive spherical / egg-shaped protrusions or bulges that form the guard and lend the hilt an explicitly phallic appearance. This particular type of medieval dagger was in use all over Europe and appeared in a myriad of variations over the course of its unusually long lifespan, which lasted from the late Middle Ages (14th c.) throughout the Renaissance. On the British Isles, it even subsisted until as late as the 17th / 18th c. in modified forms (dudgeon dagger in England and dirk in Scotland).

Usually carried as a companion sidearm to a sword or rapier, this thrusting weapon enjoyed great popularity with knights, as its sharply tapered blade with pointed tip was ideal for piercing padded armour and chain mail or stabbing the opponent through the joints of his plate armour in close-quarters combat. But beside of being a lethal implement, it was also used as a fashionable display of wealth, and knights and well-to-do townsmen often ostentatiously carried their artfully crafted and richly ornamented daggers as a status symbol.

This beautiful, stylish reconstruction of a 16th century German dagger features an EN45 spring steel blade that has a diamond cross-section and tapers evenly to an acute point. The cutting edges are not sharpened and the tang is screwed to the pommel. The handle with characteristic lobed guard is carved from one single piece of wood and reinforced with antiqued brass fittings – a butt cap adorned with crosses and an equally ornate, downturned guard plate with ram's head finials.

This knightly dagger comes complete with a vegetable-tanned, neatly stitched leather sheath equipped with a leather cord for attachment to a belt. The cross and ram's head symbols adorning the butt cap and guard plate are repeated on the handsome antiqued brass chape.

Please note that this Renaissance dagger is not a battle ready weapon. It is designed as a collector's or decoration/display piece and is not suited for combat reenactment. Besides its quality as a collectible, it is also perfectly suited as a prop, e.g. to complete your costume.

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Bollock Dagger with Sheath, 16th c.

£79.00Price
  • Overall length: approx. 36.5 cm
    Blade length: approx. 22.2 cm
    Blade thickness: approx. 5 mm / 3.5 mm (cutting edges approx. 0.6 mm)
    Hilt length: approx. 14.3 cm / 16.5 cm with finials (grip approx. 9 cm)
    Max. blade width: approx. 1.4 cm
    Point of balance: approx. -1.5 cm (on the grip, at guard level)
    Weight without sheath: approx. 200 g
    Weight with sheath: approx. 260 g