Seen in England from the 16th to 18th Centuries, The so-called “Alehouse” Dagger was a broad bladed, double-edged fighting fight. Having a “Sword Hilt” Basket, it greatly resembled a Short Sword by comparison. The Alehouse Dagger was a heavy weapon (2 to 3 pounds). The name developed from their being popular for “settling scores” in the often crowded English Alehouses. The were seldom carried in scabbards or plain view (often carried in the small of one's back, concealed under a tunic or coat).