Fine example as it evolved from the Gothic dagger and in fact represents a transition from the ballock dagger carried by archers, with uniformly tapering thick wedge section blade. 11 5/8" overall. The characteristic cupped side guard is said by Peterson to protect the knuckles. Aside from lacking it's wood or horn scale grips, it is in exceptional preservation for the period with some original surface showing through stabilized oxidation. Termed hauswehr in Germany and typically having blades of 16" or more, these were the primary peasant's weapon for the defense of home, family, and person.