By Claude Blair
A historical past of Western guns from 1100-1850.
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The sheath was normally of gilt bronze or silver with elaborate cast and pierced decoration over a wooden lining. Hans Holbein the Younger produced designs for many of these sheaths whence the daggers are often called Holbein Daggers by collectors. It should be mentioned that in Germany and Switzerland the term Schwei^erdolch or Schweiierdegen Sword-breaker slits in the blade (214). Modern term of a left-hand dagger is often applied also to the medieval baselard. for a device to catch an opponent's blade (7.
This last was a sophisticated version of the Danish axe and was usually of graceful form, often with elaborate cusped : 29 Staff-weapons and pierced Gothic decoration and brass inlay; the blade was balanced either by a sharp, slightly curved fluke (bec-de-faucon) or a flat, ridged hammer-head while the haft was surmounted by a short spike and fitted with a rondel to protect the hand. In addition to the above polaxe was applied to a short-handled axe of uncertain form and also to the weapon now last by called the paragraph but had a Pole-hammer.
Possibly the Bordeau in Savoy. 19 1 1 STAFF-WEAPONS From the late Middle Ages until the seventeenth century all weapons mounted on long hafts, whether of wood or metal, were called staves. Modern writers and collectors, however, usually classify them as hafted weapons ox pole arms. I have, for the sake of clarity, adopted the compromise term staff-weapon. Except for the club and spear, which are probably the oldest of all weapons, all staff-weapons seem from agricultural implements, while at every period such implements were frequently used offensively with little or no modification.