A pointed knife with a steel blade, as used for thrusting in close combat. Generally depicted as double-edged with a brown or black, cross-shaped hilt and positioned at 45° angle, often with its tip at the lower left.
May represent knives and other bladed weapons (cf. ⚔️ Crossed Swords) as well as various senses of cutting and stabbing. Often applied to medieval or fantasy content.
Microsoft’s design features a golden handle. Google’s design, featuring an icy-blue blade and sparkles, suggests a dagger elves may wield in fantasy.
May be paired with (or defended by) 🛡️ Shield. Not to be confused with 🔪 Kitchen Knife.
Dagger was approved as part of Unicode 7.0 in 2014 under the name “Dagger Knife” and added to Emoji 1.0 in 2015.