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Thread: What is the difference between Rondel daggers and mercy givers?

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    What is the difference between Rondel daggers and mercy givers?

    I knew for a fact that rondel daggers were court daggers with 3 edges used for stabbing. So when I heard about a very similar thrusting dagger called a "Mercy-Giver," I became curious. From what I can gather they were very slender blades, used during the middle ages to finish off wounded opponents after the end of a battle via the armpit (and thus pierceing the heart). My questions are 1. Were these daggers actually used during that time period? And 2. Do the the Rondel dagger and Mercy-Giver have any shared historical roots? Thanks
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    Alex. Wikipedia lists the rondel dagger and stiletto as synonymous with the misericorde (mercy dagger) so it probably applied to any slender dagger of the time. They must have been used sometimes or they wouldn't have been so popular.
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