The Dussack was a very popular weapon in 16th century fencing schools and is depicted in many period manuals. The training versions were probably made of wood but there are a few surviving formerly sharp steel originals. The Dussack in this simple form is believed to be somewhat of a commoner’s weapon, fairly easy to make and an overall very practical design. It offers excellent cutting and good thrusting capabilities in a very compact, durable and handy package. Hand protection is also quite good.
Hinting at the suspected fairly “rough and ready” character of the originals, I left the rough finish from forging and heat treatment intact where possible, with only the edges and the tip finely polished. The grip scales are made from sheep horn, quite a nice material though not always easy to work with.
I am not aware of a surviving steel Dussack with a Nagel but such versions are depicted in many manuals and it just makes sense to have one from a fencing point of view.
Overall, this is a very capable little weapon, stout, reliable and quick in the hand.
Overall length: 67,5cm
Blade length: 54cm