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Old 01-17-2017, 06:24 PM
Peter Morris Peter Morris is offline
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Snickersnee

I have often heard Gilbert and Sullivan's song The Criminal Cried and wondered exactly what kind of sword is a snickersnee.

The internet does not help. It just shows dozens of dictionaries that tell me that it's a type of sword or knife, and no more than that. World Wide Words gives me some information about the origin, but no more. There isn't even a Wikipedia page.

So, what exactly is a snickersnee? Length? Shape? Was it curved or straight? Single or double edged? Pointed? What location and period were they used? Were they known at all in pre-Shogunate Japan?

Or is it a generic term that can apply to any bladed weapon?
 

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