-- Stiletto
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Time Period: 16th-17th century
Location: Europe
Common Construction: Steel

The stiletto has a very thin blade with a triangular or square cross section that is only capable of stabbing. It is likely to have developed from the rondel and similar daggers of the 14th century in response to the increase in defensive armor technology that occurred between the 14th century and the Renaissance. The stiletto is capable of piercing mail armor and plate joints, and made a very fine backup weapon for soldiers. Its elegance and light weight also made it attractive for civilian use.

CE 16th Century, CE 17th Century, Dagger, History, Medieval Europe, Weapon

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