Marcus Woodhouse wrote:I got it out of a book if that helps.
Eee Marcus, you're better than that! C'mon, what book? What was the context? Modern, medieval, fiction or finds based? Someone deciding that "for the purposes of this discussion 'dagger' shall mean..."?
Is this just another reenactorism? If not, what are the sources of the statement? Not picking mate - there are plenty of people I respect who have said it (including on this thread); but I don't see any evidence to support the statement. Perhaps it's just modern usage, but a search for dagger definition shows "double edged" definitions from wiki-land:
- A dagger (from Vulgar Latin: 'daca' - a Dacian knife) is a typically double-edged blade used for stabbing or thrusting. They often fulfill the role of a secondary defense weapon in close combat. In most cases, a tang extends into the handle along the centreline of the blade.
- A stabbing weapon, similar to a sword but with a short, double-edged blade; A text character (†) that is used for footnotes, to signify death ...
With broader definitions from:
- a short knife with a pointed blade used for piercing or stabbing
- a character used in printing to indicate a cross reference or footnote
(10) -- a short stout edged and pointed weapon used for thrusting and stabbing (Oxford Dict.)
- a knife, usually in the form of a sword. Daggers came a variety of forms, with both single and double edged varieties. ...
Edit: Personally I think it is
a reenactorism and there is no such distinction. A dagger is a variety of knife who's main purpose is stabbing/thrusting.