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Uses of dagger blades? Share your dagger pics (fixed, OTFs, historical, etc.)

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by DangerZone98, Oct 16, 2020.

  1. Old Biker

    Old Biker

    807
    Sep 25, 2016
    When I did HVAC work, we had a duct knife on the truck. Nobody used it. It was pretty much worthless in my experience. A pair of scissors along with side cutters, for cutting the wire, were easier, faster , and did a neater job, cutting duct.

    O.B.
     
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  2. Legendary_Jarl

    Legendary_Jarl

    616
    Feb 8, 2010
    Uses? finishing off people(such as in the Fairbairn Sykes style), finishing off animals (hunting, bullfighting), finishing off dictators(Ask Julius Caesar). Ornamental(make your house look pretty), ceremonial(certairn militaries), ritual uses(freemasons, wiccans and the like), cutting ducts apparently as well...

    heck if you sharpen it properly you can use it for anything you like lol

     
  3. not2sharp

    not2sharp Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 29, 1999
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  4. Legendary_Jarl

    Legendary_Jarl

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    Feb 8, 2010
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  5. tltt

    tltt

    May 1, 2008
    I think a lot of it has to do with the success of the Tekna boot/dive knife. Before the 1980's, many dive knives were more traditional. single edged designs. During and after the Tekna, lots of companies just had to have a skeletonized boot knife that could also work as a dive knife -

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  6. justjed

    justjed

    995
    Oct 23, 2010
    I consider the full double-edged dagger to be a somewhat specialized tool. For field use, I have a Peter Bauchop Witch, a 3/4 dagger. The primary edge has a long enough ricasso to safely wrap a finger forward of the guard, and the top edge is only sharpened about 2/3 of the way, leaving enough spine to allow a thumb forward grip if you need more leverage. It's a decent enough using knife. I've sliced steak for fajitas with it, and other kitchen work. It's not an optimal kitchen knife, but perfectly serviceable.

    I also have a dagger from Enedino Deleon, that has a leaf shaped 6" blade, fully symmetrical, but only sharpened halfway on either edge. The theory is that the un-sharpened portion becomes a fulcrum, so if you have to stick someone, when you work the knife for most internal disruption, it will be the sharp portion working deep, rather than the rear of the blade cutting mostly useless flesh. Not one that I carry, I'd have a hard time explaining it as just an outdoor tool...
     
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  7. CWL

    CWL

    Sep 15, 2002
    If you were a big time drug dealer, daggers get used to puncture a wrapped brick of cocaine to test the drug purity!

    Actually, while I have daggers in my knife collection, I wouldn't be able to give you a reason other than because I like how some look.
     
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  8. herisson

    herisson Apple slicing rocking chair dweller Platinum Member

    Mar 11, 2013
    The dagger diving knives are mainly intended for spearfishing, to finish off the speared fish (stab into the head). The scuba diving knives are more of the single edge variety, often with a sawback.
     
  9. DangerZone98

    DangerZone98

    Dec 7, 2019
    Well said, killgar. While some tools are more optimized for the job than others, it’s really skill and familiarity with the tool that count for the most part.
     
  10. DangerZone98

    DangerZone98

    Dec 7, 2019
    Ah yes, Hollywood sure is fond of giving daggers to the bad guys. Either that or serrated blades. Or serrated dagger blades! :D
     
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  11. DangerZone98

    DangerZone98

    Dec 7, 2019
    Beautiful craftsmanship. Without your description, I would’ve thought that was something from a Lord of the Rings set or play.
     
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  12. The Whip

    The Whip

    745
    Jan 28, 2007
    Lots of thoughtful answers and perspectives in this thread. I've always loved daggers, but I've never thought of them as anything but weapons. When I was a kid, I tried out a cheap, Pakistani-made Mark I rip-off in the woods. It worked OK, but couldn't hold a candle to my equally inexpensive bowie knife.

    I recognize what Gerber was doing, marketing this as a "survival knife" in order to permit PX sales.

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    But even before I discovered the rationale behind the labeling, I remember thinking to myself, 'Survival knife?! For surviving on the battlefield, maybe. But in the woods/field, I'd rather survive with just about any other blade style.'


    Nothing new under the sun, I'm afraid, particularly in warfare (even fantasy warfare!). Here's a picture of an original, which was beautiful in its own way but not quite so ornate.

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    Unless I recall incorrectly, I believe Fairbairn modeled his Smatchet and his Fair Sword on that Welsh Fusiliers blade. But in the dimensions that those items were configured, we're starting to get into the realm of short swords rather than daggers.


    If I was stuck with a dagger as my only knife for every possible use, I'd want a Cold Steel Tai Pan. It's long enough to hack with, wide enough to slice with, pointy enough to stab with, and thick enough to hold up.

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    -Steve
     
  13. herisson

    herisson Apple slicing rocking chair dweller Platinum Member

    Mar 11, 2013
    Not that good at slicing tomatoes... The Fairbairn Sykes has such a thick and narrow blade (full flat ground, at that) that it can hardly be turned into a slicer. Not that it should. But in that eventuality, I would rather sharpen up a V-42 which was from the start designed to stab and cut (thin blade and deep hollow grind). Some eye candy yoinked from the web :
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  14. Sergeua

    Sergeua

    May 1, 2016
    Fur fun (not my pic)
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  15. not2sharp

    not2sharp Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 29, 1999
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    This tread needs a good classy Randall.

    n2s
     
  16. Legendary_Jarl

    Legendary_Jarl

    616
    Feb 8, 2010
    Since everyone is posting dagger pictures it is only fair I post my favorites yet again:

    Joker CF00 and Gerber Mk 1 35th Anniversary.

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  17. stabman

    stabman Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 17, 2007
    Good for photo shoots:

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  18. Houlahound

    Houlahound Basic Member Basic Member

    Aug 2, 2017
    Not trying to be overly technical but historically I don't think daggers were so much for fighting or SD as much as they were for dispatching a downed and spent opponent or deployed by stealth on an unsuspecting victim.

    A stilleto was used to mercifully despatch a beaten enemy opponent who gives up and asks for a quick painless end or a heavily armoured knight that has been downed and injured the dagger is bought out in that situation after the fight is technically over as the primary fighting tools are not equipped to finish . Even the FS dagger was not used in a "fight" or SD per se.
     
  19. Legendary_Jarl

    Legendary_Jarl

    616
    Feb 8, 2010
    Ever heard of HEMA?

     
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  20. Kmikaz3

    Kmikaz3 Basic Member Basic Member

    765
    Aug 28, 2019
    I find that daggers are best use for open letters, since it got both edge and quite slim, you can interchange either side on the whim. Even the tradition letter openers are dagger like shape.

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