By: Cold Steel
The Cinquedea [Ching-kwi-dey-uh] has held a long fascination for us here at Cold Steel. The name cinquedea means "five fingers", and it describes the width of the blade next to the guard. It gained popularity as the sidearm of choice for noblemen walking through the narrow alleyways and walled cities of Italy. A blade worn exclusively for civilian self-defense, it was essentially the precursor to the civilian side sword and the rapier and yet, this instrument of personal protection seems to have owed much of its design to fashion as it did to the cut and thrust of mortal combat! Surviving examples of these unusual short handled and steeply tapered blades are often highly embellished and ornate. With etched or gilded blades and deep multiple fullers that border on jewelry rather than weaponry but beneath the romanticisms of high renaissance fashion lay a tool made with purpose. A wide, stiff cut and thrust blade that could be brought into play in confined spaces, and deliver a mortal wound! Cold Steel's Florentine Cinquedea has a highly engraved guard and pommel and a hand-carved rosewood grip. The double edge of the dagger is expertly sharpened and the Cinquedea is sold complete with a leather scabbard with engraved steel throat and chape.
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Product Code: 6602
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"Exceeded my expectations, a unique and beautiful blade. " - Michael (5/5)
" This dagger or sword if you will, is a quality piece. It feels good in the hand and came with a decent edge. Reccomended." - Tony (4/5)
"Very impressive blade, the handle is comfortable and the metal studs help in giving a secure grip. The blade profile and the multiple fullers are typical of the period cinquedeas, although there are very many different variants historically, the main difference with period pieces is that the large amounts of blade real-estate was most often very decorated with etchings and/or gilding. The handle is not very close to historical examples in style for those who might give this a priority. The blade came very sharp and the grind line are strait without any surface waving. For a large looking blade it's very fast and agile in hand." - Jean (5/5)
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