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Picture 6 of 19 from Album Swords and Daggers
Wire Hilt Main Gauche 12
This dagger is styled after a German wire-hilt off-hand weapon from the 16th century. As a result of improving technology in carbon steel manufacture, Renaissance swordsmen could use lighter, narrower swords (rapiers). These could be handled with one hand, unlike the heavy hand-and-a half and two-handed long swords of the medieval period. Holdin the sword in one hand freed up the other and allowed them to use it for defensive purposes, like carrying a small shield, buckler, cape, or hat, or a secondary offensive weapon like a second sword, or a dagger like this. These off-hand weapons are commonly called Main Gauche, French for left hand, as they were usually held with the left, while the swords were held in the right.
Wire Hilt Main Gauche 12
This dagger is styled after a German wire-hilt off-hand weapon from the 16th century. As a result of improving technology in carbon steel manufacture, Renaissance swordsmen could use lighter, narrower swords (rapiers). These could be handled with one hand, unlike the heavy hand-and-a half and two-handed long swords of the medieval period. Holdin the sword in one hand freed up the other and allowed them to use it for defensive purposes, like carrying a small shield, buckler, cape, or hat, or a secondary offensive weapon like a second sword, or a dagger like this. These off-hand weapons are commonly called Main Gauche, French for left hand, as they were usually held with the left, while the swords were held in the right.
Picture Added 05-13-2012 10:15 AM
Added by ckluftinger



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