Push Daggers: Then & Now
Among the designs found today is the American push dagger, which became well known in the 1800s. Increased numbers of Americans began carrying push daggers as personal defense weapons during this time. Many politicians carried push daggers either clipped on their boot or concealed in their coats to protect themselves from angry protesters and disgruntled mobs during times of unrest. Push daggers were often a choice weapon of gamblers and riverboat passengers before the wide development of small, easily concealable handguns, and were especially widely used throughout the Old Southwest in the United States.
Another regional name for the push dagger is the gimlet, or gimlet knife. The city of New Orleans has a strong association with the gimlet, which became very popular there in the mid 1800s. This type of push dagger had a short blade, often approximately 2 inches, with the “T”-shaped handle that we commonly see in most contemporary push daggers. The gimlet push dagger quickly became the weapon of choice in New Orleans. The use of gimlets became so popular, in fact, that crime rates involving such push daggers skyrocketed in the city, which eventually lead to the prohibition of push daggers in the city of New Orleans in the late 1870s.
The World War I and World War II eras also saw a rise in the widespread use of push daggers, this time mostly in combat by soldiers. Particularly in the bloody trenches of WWI, soldiers needed an alternative weapon for hand-to-hand and close combat fighting. The push dagger became a weapon of choice for this purpose, eventually even being issued by the government to combat soldiers. During WWII, the soldiers were again issued push daggers, among other knives and combat weapons.
Honshu Push DaggersBUDK offers a wide variety push daggers in a variety of designs and styles to suit everyone’s needs. Among our best-selling push daggers is our Honshu® series. Available in large (4” bl., 5 ¾” ov.) or small (2 7/8” bl., 4 5/8” ov.) sizes, each one features one solid piece of AUS-6 stainless steel with a double-edged, razor-sharp blade and piercing point that will devastate virtually any target. Each Honshu® push dagger also features a rubberized, contoured grip that will allow you to grasp the push dagger securely and firmly without having to worry about it slipping. These push daggers are built to perform and provide the user with pure thrusting power no matter what the intended target is. These Honshu® push daggers are also available with a non-glare, black baked on-finish. Each one includes a black leather sheath with snap button closure and a clip for your belt, pocket, or boot, providing discreet, concealable self-defense right at your fingertips.
Undercover Push Daggersnother popular category of push daggers BUDK is proud to offer comes from United® Cutlery’s Undercover™ series. Each one of these Undercover™ push daggers is crafted of one rock solid piece of cold, hard AUS-6 stainless steel, and features a razor-sharp, double-edged blade. The blade and handle both feature cut-out designs, and the blade is contoured for a sure, secure grip every time you grasp it. The blade may be small at 3 ¼”, but it is powerful and will push right through almost anything. At 5 5/8” overall, these push daggers offer easily concealable and discreet carrying options, and include a heavy-duty nylon sheath for convenient storage and transport.
Undercover Twin Push Dagger SetsIf you want to double down on something, check out our Undercover™ twin push dagger setsfrom United® Cutlery. These will make the ultimate push dagger set in your collection! They offer twice the protection at an unbeatable price point for two blades. Each one of these push daggers features all 420J2 stainless construction with razor-sharp, double-edge 2” blades (3 ¾” ov.). The piercing point will devastate practically any target. The adjustable impact-resistant sheath is equipped with nylon arm/leg strap with Velcro closure, so you have a variety of ways to wear or carry these push daggers. Available in silver or black-coated finish.