Pretty darn cool. Push daggers always looked uncomfortable to me but I'm always up to try something new. Also, I love the presentation.
Always a fair point Brother Skelley.
Think of it as something that is not meant to be comfortable but more designed the way it is to have high retention in your hand. Comfort in the hand makes a lot of sense for a utility piece or something expected to be used over an extended period but something that will be used to give a few deadly blows at very close range and be very difficult to dislodge or leverage away from you requires a lot less of it.
An example of this idea is the studded ballock dagger handle on one of Tod's pieces.
In this context, the person would likely be wearing a gauntlet or glove also 👍
Worry about potential blisters later, after the body of your enemy cools. Duel wielding these is the closest you will get to being X-men Wolverine.
Brother Nate was very kind to send me one of these push daggers for review. I will not reiterate the stats of the weapon since he has already posted those, and my dagger is functionally no different than his. The only difference is that my blade and the steel scabbard fittings are polished to a satin finish, the grip scales are red micarta, and the leather over the scabbard is a light brown.
I've lived with this dagger for a couple weeks now, and I must admit it's presence in my collection is a bit like a suspicious looking person sitting in a movie theater. You want to watch the movie, yet your eyes keep turning to the weirdo sitting alone wondering what he's up to, or what he's gonna do.
It's a beautiful object and a wonderful curiosity to have as part of my collection, don't get me wrong, but there is something essentially wicked and pitiless about this dagger. It's purely offensive. It has no other utility other than quickly and mercilessly killing people. If you can punch, you can wield this dagger. I suppose there are people who can wield the dagger with more finesse than others, but it certainly requires little skill or strength to use. From an offensive perspective, this is a lethal weapon with great ease of use.
It's also meant to be a dagger one can easily conceal. Although this is a large push dagger by comparison to others, it is concealable. I tucked this dagger into my western boot and it fit fairly well. The wood core scabbard is a bit large to fit into my boot, and if I wanted to tuck this in there regularly, I would probably prefer something slimmer. In this day and age, a kydex sheath would be awesome. If we're keeping with the aesthetic of The Lodge, then sewing a sleeve into my boot to slip the scabbard into would be ideal.
Some people have wondered whether the grip is uncomfortable. I think Brother Nate hit the nail on the head by pointing out that comfort isn't really a factor with this dagger given it's intended use. It's a dagger one uses to quickly send someone to the other side. It's not something one would repeatedly use in a utilitarian manner. In my hand, the grip feels comfortable. It's not oversized at all, but then again I have catcher's mits for hands. I tested the dagger with cardboard and some plywood and my hand felt fine with repeated use, although it's certainly not as comfortable as a hammer grip on a traditional dagger.
The overall execution and construction of this dagger is excellent. I was familiar with this maker, but did not have the pleasure of owning anything made by him. I can definitely attest to the quality of his work simply from this one dagger alone. It's a really solid dagger and his execution of Brother Nate's design is excellent. The only nitpick I can report is that the fit of the blade in the scabbard is a tad loose, but in this winter climate, all my wood core scabbards fit like this right now. So this is only a minor nitpick and is barely worth mentioning, but I bring it up cause that's what we do here.
What impresses me most about this dagger is Brother Nate's design. The panoply of arms and armor from The Lodge has a unique aesthetic. It's a fascinating fusion of the Medieval, a little Renaissance, Gothic horror, and romance. How Nate is consistently able to churn out design after design that fuses all these elements together so seamlessly is a testament to his imagination. There is no mistaking his work when you see it, and it's not just the branding, it's, for lack of a better word, the flavor.
I won't wear this dagger in public as I'm pretty sure it's illegal to do so here, although possessing it is not a crime, but I will gladly display this piece and keep it close to me. One never knows when he may need to dispatch a ghoul or a goblin.
Post by JonSchwertFechter on Feb 23, 2022 15:01:27 GMT
Brother Nate- im really liking these- all of these evoke the 19th century( wich as much as I am A medievalist/Ancientist/Renaissance man first)- im really big into 19th century or otherwise "old west" stuff too.- the etched design on the scabbard throat it tasty without being to overdone and the leather is rich looking to me, which is good (but at the same time not too much)- made to be used rather. Blueing is always a lovely in my book on Blades or Guns or anything for that matter. Great job and Congrats on these:)
Veerdin: Anybody know anywhedre that has a reasonably priced smallsword (prefferably with scabbard) for sale? The CS one is sold out everywhere I can see except a massively overpriced one on ebay and not even the Depeeka ones seem to be available anywhere.
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eastman: I have seen SCA dueling with rapier and rubber chicken, so there is a precedent for parry-poultry
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AndiTheBarvarian: "Gobbleza", The Turkeish School of Fencing!
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eastman: would make for an odd fencing style - rapier and parrying turkey
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eastman: thankfully I've never had a sword fight while carving a turkey, but there are 2 Kaskara by the kitchen doorway
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yose: Powerpressed... Thank you for your message. The mekugi should have been put in from the omote side, I guess. They are half hidden by the tsukamaki on the other side.
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pixelsword: thank you stabby
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mrstabby: hi pixelsword. I think it's fine where it is.
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pixelsword: Sorry, I just want to make sure I am 'doing it right' - thanks!
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blairbob: Lohman contracts work out so I'm told. I'm not sure his son does any of the work himself or anyone stateside
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