This all-steel Sitletto has a long piercing blade of high carbon steel with a triangular cross-section and it is paired with a long steel grip. A thickened ricasso which tapers into a triangular form gives the blade rigid form which is optimal for piercing armor. The elongated grip can accommodate a second hand to drive the blade home for the battlefield coup-de-gras. The triangular blade can both pierce and split the links found between gaps in plate armor.
Piercing daggers such as this were often utilized by knights to dispatch a wounded foe of similar class who would not be expected to survive. Most opponents of class were typically taken for ransom when possible, but should he be too greatly injured, than a dagger like the miséricorde or stiletto suited the purpose of the mercy stroke ably.
Though often associated with the merciful killings, stiletto daggers such as this were more than capable of piercing the gaps in armor in a foe in a desperate fighting scrum.
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