\'\'introduction:\'\' A few months back Erik Wilson sent me a batch of artwork for Footprints. Among the several fine pictures therein I found the one displayed to the right, and I immediately thought, this dagger has a story behind it. So I posted it on Dragonsfoot and asked the members to submit their ideas about the weapon... what\'s it called, what does it do, etc. Multiple entries were allowed, and several posters took advantage of this rule. Afterward I found an impartial group of judges who had not submitted items to the contest to judge the entries. Voting was done “blind,” with the identities of the authors of each entry being hidden from the judges. I want to emphasize that this was as fair as I could make it, because one particular Dragonsfoot member won both First and Third place.