Hola! In my fantasy WIP, my MC carries dual blades. Thus far, I've been calling them "daggers" but the term is starting to annoy me. It's too generic and makes me feel like an amateur (which I am, but I don't want the reader to know that). But I honestly don't know the difference between a dagger, a dirk, a short sword, and a long knife. During my research, some people say it's all about use. Daggers are more for stabbing and jabbing, while short swords are used for swinging. But then other people say it's about length -- daggers are shorter than short swords. (Also, it's really hard to research weapons because it always takes me to some video game forum. -_-) I don't know. So hopefully some of y'all can help me. My MC has two sheathed blades that hang from her hips. They're somewhat short, the blade somewhere between 8-12 inches in length. She does a lot of quick slashing with them, maybe even a few spin moves. So more movement and less... jabbing. So two things: 1) What's the difference between daggers, dirks, long knives, and short swords? 2) From the description I gave above, which weapon would be better suited to my MC? Please and thanks!