Developed in the 15th Century, this short sword/dagger weapon was popular in Italy. The "Cinquedea" translates to "five fingers", (the measure used when referring to the wideness of the blade). Thick ant the end (near the hilt) and tapering to a blunted point, this sword resembled the ancient Roman Swords. Often embellished with precious stones and metal (for the noblemen), the blades ranged from 10 to 28 inches long. The Cinquedea was more of a cutting weapon (hence no refined point). Often worn on the rear lower back, it could be drawn fast and used low (on a enemies lower abdomen).