Lead Moderator European Armoury
Join Date: Dec 2004
Old 5th December 2008, 04:57 PM
Join Date: Jan 2006
welcome, the hole in the tang appears to be 'punched' and not drilled....this could be a very good sign of age. Notice the metal is slightly 'raised' on the tang's edge and follows the contour of the hole. If the tang was shortened, I feel it could have been left longer...even for a dagger.
The blade's patina does seem to suggest a good age.