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A dagger is a bladed weapon similar in many ways to a sword, but shorter. In many schools of rapier fencing, a dagger is held in the fighter's off-hand and used to make both parries and attacks. There are also methods for fighting with dagger alone.
Dagger as an off-hand weapon
Postures with rapier
Most authors of rapier treatises give a method for dagger use.
- Capo Ferro gives six rapier-and-dagger positions: see Gran Simulacro plate 3, Gran Simulacro plate 4, and Gran Simulacro plate 5.
- Fabris shows twenty-two separate dagger positions (some differing only in foot placement): see Fabris plate 49 and on.