The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Knives, Daggers and Bayonets: An Authoritative History and Visual Directory of Sharp-edged Weapons and Blades from Around the World

Author(s): Tobias Capwell

Guns & Knives

This beautifully presented book traces the fascinating history of daggers, dirks and bayonets through to the 21st century. From the appearance of the earliest stabbing tools of the so-called Dagger Period of 15,000 BC, it describes the development of these short-edged weapons and their impact upon ancient civilizations such as the Etruscans, Egyptians and Romans. The significance of the dagger in the artistic culture of the Celtic peoples and the role of the scrimasax fighting knife as a Saxon weapon of conquest is also explored. The symbolism of the dagger as part of a knight's armory is covered, as is its importance as a civilian weapon during the medieval and Renaissance periods as well as in 19th-century America. The book looks at the part played by fighting blades in military combat, from the famous Highland dirk to 20th-century Commando knives, and traces the history of the transformation of the hand-held stabbing tool into the bayonets of World Wars I and II. This broad-ranging book examines the variety of short-edged weapons from around the world, from the Indian Katar to the Japanese Tanto. It looks at the technical and military accomplishments leading up to the present-day role of the short-edged blade as a military weapon, as well as its transformation into an object of modern art. With a comprehensive and fully illustrated weapons directory, this book will be an indispensable resource for the amateur enthusiast and professional collector alike, while the beautiful photographs of these extraordinary pieces of craftsmanship will fascinate anyone with an interest in the weapons that have shaped the world.


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General Fields

  • : 9780754818908
  • : Anness Publishing
  • : Lorenz Books
  • : 1.633
  • : April 2009
  • : 292mm X 229mm X 25mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : February 2012
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Tobias Capwell
  • : 256
  • : 256
  • : Hardback
  • : Hardback
  • : 600 colour photographs
  • : 600 colour photographs
  • : 623.441
  • : 623.441