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Dark Rocks

The Monstrum Dagger

A partner weapon to our Maelstrom rapier, this handsome sail dagger features full hand protection and a flexible blade, intended for competitive play.

With a slight back balance due to its slender, flexible blade and comprehensive guard, it is a quick and willing off-hand weapon which will work well paired with the agile Maelstrom rapier. It could also excel as a brawling weapon in its own right, as its ambidextrous design allows for it to be used as a main gauche or a primary weapon.

The dagger's flat, flared quillons and spiral-carved pommel reflect the organic ocean-inspired aesthetic of its partner, while the ropework filing around the rim suggests something of the maritime.

For this reason the Greek legend of Charybdis and Scylla came to mind when naming the dagger - one a churning maelstrom and the other a sea monster.

Woe betide the adventurer who gets between them! Please see our pricing structure for an idea of what a similar sword would cost.


∴ Specs ∴

  • Total length: 51cm

  • Blade length: 38cm

  • Blade width at base: 3m

  • Blade stock: 6mm

  • Grip length: 11cm

  • Grip and pommel: 13cm

  • Grip to guard space: 5.5cm

  • Quillon span: 25cm

  • Weight: 1055g

  • Point of Balance: Cross

  • Ambidextrous

  • Blunt edges

  • Rounded tip

  • Fencing flex


∴ Notes ∴

The hand-forged and heat-treated guard and pommel are blackened to an antique finish.

The guard is a generous triangular sail with hand-filed ropework to the curled rim.

The small spherical pommel is hand-carved with swirling lines and grooves, like the crest of a wave.

The oak grip is wrapped in delicate strands of braided steel wire, offering great grip in the hand. It is finished to the top and bottom with Turk's head knots.


∴ Gallery ∴


∴ A Hard Place ∴


The cry is clear on the still air. Too still, you think to yourself. Without the seething white noise of the sea, the scene seems serene and dreamlike, your actions untethered from the weeks of hard practice on the headland.

You furrow your brow and grit your teeth, willing your thoughts to fall into the familiar pattern of parry and riposte as your opponent toys with your measure.

At last he moves with intent, shifting his weight onto his back foot, his eyes flickering toward your left shoulder. Fighting the urge to smile, you switch your guard from the outside to the inside with just a hint of languor, an ounce too much arc, coaxing him to make good on his promised lunge.

It is enough. His blade shoots out first, with his arm and leg following in quick succession. A swift lunge, and a smooth one. If it were up to your rapier alone, you might have missed the parry. But as he moves, your hand is already at your belt, freeing a great black-sailed dagger.

Your opponent is as stunned as a mullet as the dagger catches and displaces his blade. You beat it easily to one side, and step back to regain your measure, a smile now spreading across your face.

Between the maelstrom of your rapier and the monster of your knife, your challenger is in dire straits.


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