Sword and knife fighting: overview
- Dual fighting w/sword & dagger (military knife)
- Sword is used for range and additional strike power (swords are relatively larger and heavier and should therefore hit harder than daggers)
- Dagger is used for close-quarters (AKA up-close-and-personal) combat, as well as exploiting gaps in enemy defense (stabbing chinks in enemy armor).
More capable in close quarters than dual swords
Better at penetrating armor than dual swords
Can strike farther and harder than dual daggers
Users should be able to adapt to dual-wield swords and daggers instead of a sword and a dagger on the fly (read: to adapt to changing combat situations)
Swords and knives are commonly used, making it relatively easy to train large amounts of people to dual-wield them together
Trainees could be taught to dual-wield throwing knives alongside a sword, enabling ranged attacks at the cost of lousy close-range weaponry (throwing knives are bad for stabbing and slashing things)
The sword will be a hindrance in tight quarters
Daggers can only be used in close range, making them useless unless your opponent is practically on top of you
Swords and daggers are disproportionate, which will likely offset one's balance when using a sword and dagger together
Dual swords are better at dealing damage overall
Daggers can't block, parry, or disarm opponents like a sword can
Now, if training isn't an issue (dual wielding is usually unfeasible due to the vast amount of training required to effectively wield two weapons at once), and therefore one can wield a sword and dagger simultaneously and effectively, would dual-wielding a sword and dagger be an effective strategy in combat?
I am asking about a soldier using a sword and dagger simultaneously and effectively, and whether being able to do so would actually be useful in a combat situation. The fact this combo exists as a companion weapon set suggests it would be useful, but as I have no experience nor any real knowledge in this area, I would like further input on the viability of this strategy.
The best answer will account for the pros and cons here and explain whether or not sword-and-knife fighting will be actually useful in a combat situation. The best answer should also elaborate on why it will be useful, as well as where and when this strategy will be most and least useful.