A Mystery Dagger
QUESTION: I bought this dagger somewhere in the vicinity of 2000-2001 when I was still in high school, more or less on a whim (I am not a collector in any capacity - I'm too damn poor for that sort of hobby) at a Renaissance Faire in Georgia.
I was wondering if anybody recognized it and could tell me who the maker was as I can't remember (it has no identifying marks or branding on it), and maybe something about the quality of the dagger. It's most definitely carbon steel, not stainless, though I don't know what type or how good it is, and yes I admit I have not taken care of it, thus a bit of surface deterioration (I honestly had forgotten I even owned it until very recently when I packed up all my Earthly belongings to move from Georgia to Tennessee - it was in a box under my bed with a bunch of random stuff)
I think it was called something like "Templar Dagger" though I don't believe it's a historically accurate representation of anything, much less something the Knights Templar might have actually carried. The blade is in the neighborhood of a foot long and it's heavier when you pick it up than you'd think just looking at it (well, to me anyway but what the hell do I know).
If somebody could give me some kind of info about this blade I'd appreciate it.
ANSWER: Hi Rebecca,
I can't give a definitive answer on this one, though it looks a lot like the kind of blades made by Starfireswords or Badgerblades - in other words the big, slightly 'clunky' and overbuilt beaters these guys specialize in (and they DO attend quite a few Ren Faires all over the place, so it may even be one of theirs).
Definitely looks sturdy and I'd imagine that it would pack quite a punch.
It may be hard to pin it down to a specific maker, as there is a reasonable chance it was made by a skilled hobbyist using the stock removal method.
So if anyone else who stumbles upon this question, and recognizes the handiwork (who knows, the maker may even see it!) - submit your comment! :-)
Sorry I couldn't be of more help on this one.