The question was about unarmoured combat (spoiler: the bowie knife is preferable), but the video also explains how different medieval daggers were used against different types of armour, which is nice.
The rondel dagger and the bollock knife had typically a thick, strong blade (single or double-edged, sometimes triangular
foreshadowing the stiletto), and were thrusting weapons that could piece chainmail with no problem - as long as you put enough force. Piercing a gambeson was even easier. You could also stab between the joints of plate armour. Slashing at an armoured opponent wasn’t useful, and this blade didn’t excel in slashing anyway, but in very close quarters (wrestling on the floor, basically…) the edge could be used to cut the armour’s straps, and then you could go on stabbing through the gap you just made. The misericorde, or (daga) misericordia, famous for putting unhorsed knights out of their misery with a mercy stroke, was basically a poetic way to refer to a rondel or stiletto.
14th - 15th century rondel dagger
15th century bollock knife
The blade of a baselard or cinquedea is wider and usually less thick, but it’s still strong and has a double edge, so these daggers can be used both for thrusting and cutting. It’s still possible, if not ideal, to pierce armour with them, on the other hand they are better against unarmoured opponents (where a strictly thrusting weapon would be less deadly), and for versatility/defence.
As requested, I will proceed to blurb about how to hold a dagger, I have even spent some time drawing some demonstrations on how to hold them as well.
Before we get started, I’d like to introduce the dagger. There are tons and tons of variations of the dagger as there is really no true standard in defining them other than a short one handed dagger (aka, smaller than a sword). While there are many variations of a “small handheld sword” I will e touching on two main types:
Keep in mind there are other techniques other than what I will touch upon, based on era, country, and dagger variations. I am just discussing how and why to hold a rondel or parrying dagger. Feel free to correct me, ask me questions, or add more to what I have to say.
Ronnie Rondell, one of the stuntmen featured on the instantly-recognizable album cover of Pink Floyd’s “Wish You Were Here”, runs, wearing a fire-retardant suit, set in flames. The photo was taken at the Warner Bros. studios lot in Burbank, California.
Do you have a masterpost on realistic sneaking and/or dagger fighting?
I don’t think I have anything on realistic sneaking, I’m afraid. But there’s a very involved D&D Stealth Handbook in the works (if you’ll all be patient with me, because I’m lazy and this is 3.5, a.k.a. ohgodwhysomanysplatbooks.)
I do have things on realistic dagger fighting, let’s make the masterpost right now!
Since our HEYYEYAAEYAAAEYAEYAA parody broke 3576 (Reinhard von Lohengramm’s birth year according to the Common Era) views, we decided to do a comparison video and share some details from the creation process with you.
One of the most crucial scenes for the video was the dance. It was created from a scratch… well, almost.
Spaceship’s floor was used as a background, after we removed the characters from it.
At this stage of the plot, it should’ve been Goldenlöwe symbol, but unfortunately we haven’t found a good frame that could be used here instead. At first we wanted to only slightly modify Reinhard’s silhouette from the 89th episode.
However, it turned out to be too flatly drawn to imitate He-man poses faithfully. So it became a raw base for “dancing” Kaiser while animation from original parody served as a reference.
Second most important piece of animation was laughing Kaiser Reinhard, which originally comes from episode 67.
It was necessary to recreate the tip of the head, remove the hands from all frames and close his eyes though.
We thought it may be funny to have Reinhard singing with destroying FPA ships in the background. The exploding battleship resembles Ulysses, but this isn’t its faithful design. Originally Ulysses was never destroyed, despite being involved in the final battle of Shiva.
The thing that required the most work in retouching was lip-synching. In the key scenes,
we wanted Reinhard to move his lips as if he were really singing, but in the source animation were often only 2 variations of
open mouth (or none, sometimes in the scenes chosen for this parody he and other characters didn’t talk at all), while we needed at least 3 to make it look believeble. There were no other option but to create new talking animations.
There were also a bunch of corrections, re-drawings, or re-paintings of the backgrounds. The whole work took us about a week. But probably the most difficult one was to find the right scenes that would do as good counterparts for He-man version. It’s like seeing a few times a whole series, but on several accelerations.
BONUS! Awesome trivia: Both He-man and mein Kaiser have remarkable blond hair and are quite fabulous, but it’s not the only connection here. Reinhard von Lohengramm during the LotGH finale was 25 years old, just like it is in the lyrics of 4 Non Blondes song. Since it goes so well with him, we couldn’t help but create this parody. Your positive response prove it was worth the efforts.