Back in the day you could dispatch your prey with a cap and ball gun then a knife .
Rare Cased Dumonthier Patent Percussion Two-Barrel Knife-Pistol, c. 1870
9 1/4-inch spear-point blade, marked Dumonthier Brevete, with fullers on each side mounted between two 3 3/4-inch round barrels of approximately 10mm, cross-guard incorporates concealed hammers, folding trigger, fluted ivory grips and german-silver butt cap, green velour covered sheath with german-silver throat and tip; pressed-horn pistol powder flask with german-silver mountings - horizontal charger, ball mold with integral sprue-cutter and ramrod, german-silver oval-form capper marked BOCHE BREVETE 4, the whole contained within a embossed Moroccan leather-bound case decorated with scrolls on lid and the initials C. C., and lined with purple velour (now faded), and equipped with two spare nipples and single compartment.
just sold for $8000
In the sixteenth century, wheellock pistols were often combined with swords, knives, axes, maces, spears, and even crossbows, which could be used in the event the pistol misfired. Usually clumsy and impractical, combined weapons were nevertheless highly prized curiosities. On this example, the heavy, cleaverlike blade is etched with a calendar, the decorator's name, and the date.