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Knight holding a poignard
A knight holding a poignard
Type Dagger
Blade type Double-edged,
straight bladed

Poignard, or poniard, (Fr.), refers to a long, lightweight thrusting knife with a continuously tapering, acutely pointed blade and crossguard, historically worn by the upper class, noblemen, or the knighthood. Similar in design to a parrying dagger, the poignard emerged during the Middle Ages and was used during the Renaissance in Western Europe, particularly in France, Switzerland, and Italy.[1][2]

Modern usage

In modern French, the term poignard has come to be defined as synonymous with dague, the general term for "dagger",[3] and in English the term poignard or poniard has gradually evolved into a term for any small, slender dagger.[4]

The Fairbairn–Sykes fighting knife may be thought of as a modern version of the poignard.

Jean-Paul Marat was murdered in his bathtub by Charlotte Corday, a Girondist sympathizer, with a poignard during the French Revolution.


  1. ^ "Brass-hilted Poignard". Ancient Edge. Retrieved 2007-01-10. 
  2. ^ Daggers
  3. ^ Définition Poignard
  4. ^ Poniard,
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