The type of dagger studied at the Hotspur School of Defence is the Rondel, which was in common use from the 14th century onwards.

Typically it consisted of a very stiff blade, sharpened on either one or both edges, although a number were specifically designed for fighting in armour and had no edge at all - they were simply a diamond cross-section spike used for piercing blows.

The term Rondel is derived from the medieval English word ‘roundel’, meaning round or circular, and relates to the unique shape of the hand-guard which sits above and below the grip.

The guard itself allows the wielder to commit very powerful thrusts by acting as a brace to prevent the hand from slipping as it penetrates clothing or armour.

Our key primary source for the study of the Rondel is the MS Ludwig XV 13: Fior di Battaglia (The Flower of Battle) written by Fiore Furlan dei Liberi c.1409, but we also study other sources from the German school.

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