The Holbein Dagger was a Swiss dagger with a crescent shaped pommel and hilt. They were called Holbein Daggers because they could often be seen in the works of artist Hans Holbein. The design of the dagger made it easy for upward and downward thrusts. They became popular during the 15th and 16th Centuries with Swiss Pikemen. They were not issued to them as an ordinance weapon, they were privately purchased as a secondary weapon by the individual. The design of the handle was later used in bladed weapons used by the Germans in the 19th Century.
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