6 Cool Types of Daggers
Daggers are weapons used by both hand-to-hand combatants and for protection. Their blades can be straight or curved and may have a sharp point or a round hilt. They were first created after Neolithic times (which is when people started making different tools) although they didn't see widespread use until the medieval period. 

The last Medieval period lasted from around 1066 to 1492 AD when Christopher Columbus found his way back to Europe, landing in Spain on October 12, 1492. So, daggers were in popular use for 496 years, which makes them the second-most popular weapon of the medieval period, after swords.

Types of Daggers

They are very similar to swords, but they have a shorter blade and don't tend to be as sharp. They have several different names depending on their shape and size. Below is a list:

1. Dagger Knife

A small knife with one or more blades that is held by the handle. The earliest daggers had to be held with the handle in one hand and the blade in another. Mainly used for stabbing someone in the back and possibly slicing through their exposed arteries. 
Dagger knife
One of the main reasons for wearing a long sword rather than this was that it allowed the fighter to use two hands on an opponent's weapon. As there was no other way to hold the blade, a fighter's sword grip would either control the blade or prevent him from controlling it altogether. 

They were mainly used by fighters who relied on their agility and fighting skills rather than on strong arm and brute strength. Their use dates back to Bronze age Greece, where they were used as throwing weapons as well as slashing weapons. They were curved blades designed for throwing and stabbing. They eventually transitioned from being primarily a throwing weapon to being mainly a stabbing weapon.

2. Bodkin

A long, thin, metal spike that was attached to its end. It was used to punch holes in armored soldiers and puncture them. A small metal spike used to pierce the armor worn by armored fighters and cause puncture wounds. 

Bodkins were attached to the end of these medieval daggers, especially broadswords, for this purpose. The bodkin could also be used on their own as a weapon to puncture or pierce an opponent’s armor. They were also used by archers in order to poke holes in leather armor or animal hides so they could be easier cut open with a knife, which was usually carried around with them at all times. 

Bodkins had multiple uses and they did not have to be just weapons against enemies, but also tools that would help archers or hunters perform their jobs more efficiently.

3. Dirk 

A larger version of a push dagger that was originally used as an agricultural tool before becoming a weapon. Dirk blades were around 8 to 11 inches long and had hilts often made of ivory or silver. Some of these were decorated with etchings of a cross or a skull. 

Dirk dagger

Dirk was also the most common name for these weapons, with the term coming from Dutch "dighem" meaning "this one". These daggers have been used in various cultures and traditions, often referred to as dirks or dags in British English or cool knives in some Commonwealth countries. They also include such things as stabbing swords, stilettos and even spears. 

From farming tools to weapons that can be thrown at people, they are useful all over the world today as well. They are typically not made of steel but rather either bronze, copper or iron depending on the quality being sought after.

4. Poniard

Similar to a push dagger with variations in size, this weapon could be held in one hand or two depending on its design. Its blade could be anywhere from 6 to 15 inches long, with some blades reaching 22 inches in length. The poniard was a common sidearm in the 16th century and was used by the upper class. 

Poniard dagger

Originally, it was made of bone or ivory, but by the 17th century it had been given a more flexible form. This weapon came in various shapes and sizes, with some being made of steel and others being made from different hues of wood or ivory. 

It was completely unsuitable for combat because it lacked any real edge or strength for even cutting through leather armor or damask, unlike its longer cousins, the rapier. During most of its existence, the poniard saw two main forms: The slim push dagger and the slightly larger wide-bladed version.

5. Flamberge

This type was used as a nobleman's weapon and had a full, curved blade with a small hilt. The flamberge could weigh up to 3 pounds. It was among the most expensive of these tools, but it was a popular weapon for fighting. Some people used this with a back-strap to aid in carrying the weapon.

The blade has two edges: one convex, which is sharpened on both sides and performs better in slicing cuts and slashing attacks; the other one concave and blunted at both edges, which is mainly used to stab or thrust attacks. 

These are re-sharpened often, so they're always keen. The hilt is made out of gold or silver to keep it light weight so that it can be easily carried during battle by using only one hand.

6. Push Dagger

Push daggers are a type of dagger, used for close combat fighting. These typically have blades with a diamond cross-section, longer and narrower than the more common saber blades. This shape reduces the weapon's weight, without sacrificing cutting power. 

Push dagger

A push dagger also facilitates effective thrusting attacks with extended reach, while simultaneously improving defensive capabilities due to the long blade being less subject to guarding with an opponent's blade or other weapon. Their primary use is as an offensive weapon rather than as self defense weapons — they are designed specifically to penetrate chainmail armor by virtue of their narrow profile and acute point.

These tools may be found in various styles. One common style is with a hollow handle which forms the grip, allowing it to be used as a knuckle duster for hand-to-hand fighting. The blade may also be exposed on one or both sides of the grip.

Uses of Daggers

Daggers are very useful as self defense weapons. And historically these tools were used on a battlefield and were known to be deadly weapons. They were also used in ceremonies, rituals, and sacrifices and some religious sects use them to this day. They can also be used as ceremonial objects that symbolize power, authority or status.

And the particular style and design of such fantasy daggers can be used to identify the user's social standing, fame or religious affiliation. Some types also have a symbolic meaning as well. For example, this can refer to a person's authority to fight or represent their belief in God.

It is widely believed that the use of these tools may have originated from some ancient African tribes who carried their blades hidden inside their hands during hunts and secured them in place through intricate designs on the handle area.

It is a primarily stabbing weapon with a sharp piercing point—as opposed to the substantial physical slashing of swords—and is designed for close combat or self-defense in situations where the user may not have an extended weapon available, such as during cloistered monastic periods where weapons are discouraged for monks and nuns; hence the phrase "dagger prayer.

How to Grip a Dagger?

The heel of your hand is the perfect spot to hold it because this part of your hand is strong without being overly bulky, making it easier for someone to wield something like this. Also, you are able to shorten the amount of force that you need to apply, since your fingers will be able to take more of the thrust from the blade. 

Even if you prefer to use only one hand, or are having trouble holding onto the blade with a glove on, it's better to put some sort of wrapping on your fingers so that the edge doesn't cut through. I think the plumber's tape worked pretty well for me.

The basic idea is that you can use your thumb and first finger to line up with the top of the ring and then push down against it to hold onto it. The ring is technically too small for your entire hand so it will probably be uncomfortable at first, but this should improve as you get more used to using this grip.