This single-edged dagger is reproduced from a 15th Century English example which is now within the collection of the Royal Armouries at Leeds. The blade is crafted from 1075 high carbon steel. The thick, strong blade spine gives it great strength and minimizes flex – traits which make it ideal for imparting maximum puncturing power in a thrusting strike.
The guard and pommel are mild steel and the wooden grip is blackened. A stitched sheath of leather with a belt loop completes this dagger-and-sheath set.
maciakl (verified owner) –
You get what you pay for, I guess.
The blade itself is sturdy and well constructed, and a little on the dull side (even with the sharpening service). I haven’t done any cutting with it yet but it seems perfectly serviceable and functional. The dagger as a whole, however has a myriad of flaws.
The grip, for one, is awful. The description says it’s wooden, but it does not feel like wood. It feels like a rubbery substance that’s a bit sticky to the touch, and brittle. It rubs off on your fingers, cracks and peels in layers. I presume there might be a wooden grip underneath, but the coating is dreadful. What’s worse, the blackening process during which this rubbery goo was applied left black residue on the pommel and cross guard. You can get it off with some scrubbing, but it does not look aesthetically pleasing out of the box. You can actually see the black goo residue on some of the pictures in the KoA store when you zoom in on where the grip connects with the pommel/crosguard.
Finally, the most egregious flaw: pin on top of the pommel seems chipped. It looks like piece of it broke off leaving jagged sharp edges that were not polished down that could snag your clothing or scratch your bare forearm when wearing it on a belt. The chip does not seem to be large enough to compromise the construction but it is definitely noticeable.
The scabbard also leaves a lot to be desired. It clearly was not designed for this blade. It’s about two inches too long, and the opening is to narrow. The hammerhead blade has the distinctive notch on the false side, and the scabbard was not made to accommodate that. You can either push the blade in up to the notch, leaving about half an inch exposed, or force it down visibly stretching the leather almost to a breaking point. In both cases it simply does not look very presentable.
All in all, it’s an ok low end dagger. The shape is rather cool, and the blade is decent, but if you want to make it look good, you’ll need to put some work in. At the bare minimum expect few hours of cleaning and scrubbing. You’ll probably also want to rre-wrap the grip (and possibly scrape off that dreadful sticky black rubber off of it) and if yours has the chipped pin like mine did, you might need to get that polished down a bit to prevent snagging.
maciakl (verified owner) –
I would like to update my review of this item. I mentioned previously, the black paint/stain used on the grip kept rubbing off on my hands and was smeared on the metal parts. Turns out the sickness was caused by some sort of epoxy glue that was used to secure the grip and mask the cracks in it. After some scrubbing with soap and water, some of the glue came off revealing cracks in the grip that started to chip off. Whats’ worse, the grip appears to have loosened and it now rattles around when handled. It appears the grip was not fitted or even internally glued to the tang, and the little bit of epoxy on the around the pommel and the crossguard was all that was holding it in it’s place.
If the grip got loose during heavy duty cutting practice, that’s one thing, but it coming apart after some light cleaning is unacceptable even at the low price point. Giving it one star. Buyers beware.