-- Main Gauche
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Main Gauche
Time Period: 16th-17th century
Location: Europe
Common Construction: Steel

The main gauche is a dagger designed to be wielded in the left hand in conjunction with another sword or dagger in the primary hand. It has a triangular guard and a strong crossbar which allows the wielder to parry light swords such as the rapier.

Some versions of the main gauche have a lever in the guard which deploys two more blades at 30 degree angles when pressed. This was used to catch and possibly break an opponent's sword rendering him defenseless.

CE 16th Century, CE 17th Century, Dagger, History, Medieval Europe, Weapon

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