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The stiletto evolved from the Gothic daggers as a clandestine and largely despised weapon of the lower classes and criminal element. This example embodies everything that gave the stiletto its reputation. Its small proportions allow for easy concealment. The 8” triangular section blade is made for thrusting only and too small for any defensive use. Therefore, its sole function is to deliver the single unexpected death thrust. Targeting the back assured its secret was kept until the last possible moment. The wire wrapped grip, a scaled down version of a rapier grip, maximized purchase in what must have been a nerve wracking function. This example retains its crisp detail including a maker’s mark to the blade. The hilt and blade show light to medium pitting with black staining and a few edge nicks. Photos Please feel free to contact us for additional photos for this item.Shipping Policy We only charge actual shipping cost, and will refund any excess shipping charges paid.We will also combine shipping charges when you purchase multiple items to reduce cost. International packages are shipped via USPS unless they exceed the maximum length restrictions for your country, or are a high value item. If we are unable to send via USPS, we will send packages via UPS or FedEx, which may be more expensive. Please contact us for a shipping quote before purchasing if you're shipping outside of the US.Return Policy Items purchased through are returnable within 14 days of purchase.Buyer pays return shipping, and both the return shipping and original shipping charges are non-refundable. When returning an item, please securely pack the item (and all applicable paperwork) and ship it back fully insured, as we cannot be responsible for items received damaged or incomplete. As stated above, the refund amount is for the item cost only, as the initial shipping charge (shipping to you) is non-refundable, and you are responsible for all return shipping charges.