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Do daggers have to be balanced like swords?

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    saymonds
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    Default Do daggers have to be balanced like swords?

    I was just wondering...

    Daggers are knives and Swords are knives too.. So, Do daggers have to be balanced?

    Is there a such thing as an unbalanced dagger

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    Default Re: Do daggers have to be balanced like swords?

    A sign of a good quality dagger is balance ..
    The pride of the manufacturer would normally adhere to this rule.

    An example is with German daggers .... hold them by the top loop on the scabbard and see at what angle the sheathed dagger hangs ..

    Regards

    Gary J.

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    Default Re: Do daggers have to be balanced like swords?

    Hi, Saymonds. Welcome to the Forum.

    I'm not quite sure what you mean. 'Balance' in my way of thinking
    is usually in regards to throwing knives.

    Swords are not balanced, per se, but they do have what is called
    a 'CP' or center point where the impact of a cut or slash will have
    the greatest effect. Most quality Victorian-era British sword
    blades are marked as such on the spine.

    There is also a perceived 'balance' when hefting a sword, dagger
    or knife, where the weight of it's handle rests nicely in the hand,
    which is not an intentional design feature in most instances.

    Some modern cutlery companies today use this 'balance' idea as
    a sales gimmick - Most knives are heavier towards the handle.
    Pick up a common kitchen knife. It will have 'balance' too !

    What Gary J has said above, only relates to where a maker
    places the hanger rings on a scabbard.
    Last edited by Walkwolf; 12-04-2010 at 03:59 AM.
    Regards,


    Steve.

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    Mr Nolan
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    Default Re: Do daggers have to be balanced like swords?

    They need to be balanced with respect to how they look in wear, hang at the correct attitude, some models certainly have weights wedged into the bottom of the scabbards to achieve this.

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