Knife vs Dagger
What is that comes to mind when someone mentions dagger or you read the word somewhere? Is it treachery or cowardice or the act of killing someone stealthily? Irrespective of the fact that daggers are collectibles today, and you get one in an amount in which you can buy several good quality knives, daggers do not have a role or importance in daily life as knives that are the lifeline of any kitchen. The similarities between a knife and a dagger end with their looks. They have altogether different purposes and importance in our lives as will be clear after reading this article.
I got to know about a dagger quite early in my life when my English teacher explained to me that it was a double edged blade unlike a knife that is mostly edged on one side. Dagger is used for stabbing (how shameful) as it has a very sharp front and a narrow blade that penetrates easily in human skin as it has been sharpened on both sides. A dagger also has a groove down the middle to help blood of the victim flow. A dagger is a thrusting weapon that is always kept in a sheath and has been employed for murders since centuries. A knife is a distant cousin of a dagger as it is has a similar design but it is meant for innocent cutting and chopping of vegetables and meat in a kitchen, not killing a person.
It is clear from the description that a dagger is a special type of knife that is meant for purposes other than cutting and chopping as is the case with knives. In fact, in modern times, there are knives that are double edged just like a dagger. Even a knife can be called a dagger if it has similar characteristics. Dagger has earned a bad name for itself as many heroes and great characters of history have been killed using daggers. This is because daggers are lighter and more compact than knives and easy to conceal on one’s person. One can carry them to all places without the fear of getting caught. However, a bad reputation has not stopped people from collecting daggers and there are highly priced daggers from history that have been sported by people.
Difference Between Knife and Dagger
• People are confused between a dagger and a knife because of similarities in shape and size
• The most notable difference lies in designing, where dagger has both of its edges sharpened, whereas knives have one side sharpened (these days there are many knives having both edges sharpened.
• Knife does not have a sharp point as it is meant for household chorus in the kitchen. On the other hand, a sharp point is prerequisite in a dagger to inflict wounds.
• The design of the two appliances is because of their purposes. Whereas dagger is meant for inflicting wounds, knives are meant for use in kitchens only.
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