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ausjulius 24th February 2021 10:34 AM

Baselard dagger handle construction
if anyone has handle and inspected a good quantity of these baselard daggers (the type with the pinned grip scales)
im curious on the originals whats the most common tang construction?
is there a taper in the tang thinning towards the pommel or is it generally thick as the blade and untapered?
on modern reproductions they all appear untapered.. but in my opinion this goes against the typical construction of medieval knives .. although i havent inspected originals to give this opinion- just based of other medieval knives of the period.

cornelistromp 25th February 2021 10:46 AM

please see

I actually only know them non tapering, which of course does not mean that it does not exist.
what I did find @baselards is that there are flat grip scales and grip scales in the shape of a rondel dagger grip.
also characteristic is the double fuller strongly tapering to a point @ 1/3 of the blade

hope it helps.

ausjulius 26th February 2021 04:43 AM

thanks, yes i have seen some woth the pommel part as a framed than or even where the tang is thicker in the not generally tapring lime whats on slab handled. knives of the.. i was thinking of maling some and wantedto considerwhat tang forms are about... solid untaperedare easyest and seem accurate historically then

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