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Legacy Arms Templar Companion Dagger

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$145.95

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Founded as the Poor Soldiers of Christ of the Temple of Solomon – The Knights Templar became the most powerful of the militant Monastic Orders. It was founded in 1120 by nine knights who sought to alleviate and counter the depredations that pilgrims too commonly endured on the long route to Christian-controlled Jerusalem from Muslim bandits and warbands.The knights relied on charity donations and their seal depicts two knights riding a single horse – a reference to their initial landless, poor status. It is ironic then that a handful of cash-strapped knights with good intentions would rise to become one of the most economically and militarily powerful organizations in Europe.

Often the vanguard of Christian forces in the Holy Lands, Templars were apex warriors and a bane to their foes. In 1177 they won a great victory against Saladin when 500 knights and several thousand footmen led by the leprosy-afflicted King Baldwin IV charged at Saladins overconfident and ill-prepared army of 26,000, shattering them utterly. Routed and in panic, few survived. Saladin himself would be humiliated, only avoiding capture by fleeing upon a racing camel. Remembering this disgrace, Saladin would take no chances with the Templars he captured after the catastrophic Battle of Hattin in 1187, ordering them beheaded immediately.

Piece by piece, the Crusader Kingdoms lost land, most despairingly Jerusalem itself to growing and more unified Muslim forces. The identity and purpose of the Knights Templar was mired in the Levant, without it they were without ultimate purpose and popular support would wane with disastrous consequences when the Order would become the primary creditor to greatly indebted King Philip of France…

No Templar knight would be without a dagger on his person, and this dagger from Generation 2 bears the red cross of the Order upon its round pommel. Designed by Bruce Brookhart, the tempered blade is made from 5160 high carbon steel and the crossguard and pommel are likewise steel. The wooden grip is covered with tight black leather. It comes with a wood-core scabbard covered in brown leather with a brass chape.

Overall Length18''
Blade Length12 1/8''
Weight1 lb 2.2 oz
EdgeSharp
Width45 mm
Thickness6.4 mm - 3.9 mm
PommelPeened
P.O.B.0''
Grip Length4''
Blade [5160 High Carbon Steel]
ClassBattle Ready
CultureCrusader
ManufacturerLegacy Arms
Country of OriginPhilippines

1 review for Legacy Arms Templar Companion Dagger

  1. Azaziel

    I’ve had this for a couple years now and these are my thoughts so far. Overall it’s fairly decent blade, but for issues I’ll get into later you would be probably better off spending a bit more and getting something nicer. I’ll preface this by saying I’m a very impatient man and this was the only thing in stock with the style and blade profile I was after that was under $200 when I decided to buy a dagger. If I had it to do over again I would go a different route.

    The good: It’s held up well to light cutting (bottles, cardboard, 550 cord, those types of things) so far, nothings came loose, and no rattles. The peening while not the prettiest seems done well. And it seems to keep an edge fairly well.

    The bad: This dagger had one of the worst sharpening jobs I’ve ever seen on something over $20 out of the box. Idk if the people that made this used a beltsander or a grinder but only one side of the edge was sharpened on each side of the blade and it was very uneven up and down the blade. It was like they just did it as quick as possible to get it out the door, quality be damned. I had to completely re-profile the edge and part of the blade to get an acceptable edge on it.

    The scabbard while of decent quality has it’s issues also, even more now that I had to reshape the blade because of the pitiful sharpening job the factory did. Originally the scabbard held the blade tight, but because of that issue it’s now extremely loose fitting and will fall with out even at the slightest angle. That issue is also made worse by there not being enough weight at the bottom of the scabbard and the weight of the dagger just wants to instantly tip it upside down when on a belt.

    All in all the dagger it’s self seems to be decent, but those issues make me hesitant to recommend it at the going price. I really feel this should be significantly cheaper than it is.

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