Concealed and disguised melee weapons, staff and cane, disguised melee weapons with additional combat elements.

Concealed, or disguised, cold weapons, we will call edged weapons disguised as some kind of household item, or edged weapons that have additional combat elements that were originally hidden from prying eyes. 

Concealed and disguised melee weapons, staff and cane, disguised melee weapons with additional combat elements.

As an example of a cold weapon disguised as a household item, one can consider the Indian ceremonial palm rest, with a piercing type dagger hidden inside. Another widespread example is a dagger hidden in a hilt handle..

Concealed and disguised melee weapons, staff and cane, disguised melee weapons with additional combat elements.

Perhaps the most popular subject for hiding weapons from ancient times was considered to be a staff, and later a cane. The staff and the cane in themselves could become a serious weapon, but often their design also provided for various “surprises.” Such surprises included the weighting of the staff and cane-lead weights, a spike popping up from the end of the staff, allowing stabbing, a weight on the chain inside the hollow body. In case of danger, the weight was shaken, turning the staff into a kind of battle flail.

However, the most widespread options with blade weapons inside. In the late 18th and early 19th centuries, the cane was a popular and indispensable attribute of a European gentleman. A sword or dagger with a stylet blade is the weapon most often hidden in a cane. The stick of the cane usually served as the handle of the blade..

Concealed and disguised melee weapons, staff and cane, disguised melee weapons with additional combat elements.

Nowadays, a disguised cold weapon is usually a stylet dagger that can hide in the handle of an umbrella, in a comb and other household items. Disguised weapons can be made in the form of a buckle sackcloth or fountain pen.

Disguised Melee Weapon with additional combat elements originally hidden.

The second type of camouflaged weapon with additional combat elements, originally hidden, was widespread in the 16-18 centuries. As a rule, this was an additional blade hidden inside a larger weapon. As an example, we give small daggers hidden in the arms of European swords of the 16-17th centuries.

Concealed and disguised melee weapons, staff and cane, disguised melee weapons with additional combat elements.

Sometimes, instead of a removable dagger, a blade on a spring could pop out. Jumping blades were found in some varieties of European pole arms. Small daggers were often screwed into the hollow handle of oriental axes. As a weapon with a “surprise”, you can also consider European fencing daggers with a blade, folding in two or three parts.

Among the most original examples of camouflaged weapons can be attributed a fencing dagger with the end of the blade shooting off with a spring. To do this, it was enough just to point the dagger’s edge at the enemy and press the button.

Based on the book Small Encyclopedia of Cold Steel.
Pavel Yugrinov.

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