Hunting dagger

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Hunting dagger

The hunting dagger (German: Hirschfänger, or deer catcher) is a 20–30-inch (510–760 mm) long double-edged German stabbing hunting knife, used to kill deer and boar.[1] It was a weapon mainly used in the fancy hunts of the German nobility. This dagger developed from Medieval hunting swords which were longer and mainly used by mounted hunters. Today hunting daggers are occasionally used as parts of traditional German hunting uniforms.[2]


  1. ^ Blackmore, Howard L (2000). Hunting Weapons from the Middle Ages to the Twentieth Century: With 288 Illustrations. Courier Dover Publication. pp. 70–74. ISBN 978-0-486-40961-0. 
  2. ^ Blackmore, (2000) p. 52