The main gauche (French: left hand) dagger is a short dagger held in the left hand, while a rapier is held in the right. The weapon is a double-edged dagger with a wide guard, primarily designed for parrying enemy attacks, however, the main gauche could obviously also be used to attack. The weapon was one of a few different items that could be used as an "off-hand" weapon in Renaissance-era rapier fighting, along with a small shield or buckler, a cloak or cape, which could be used to distract or even thrown over an enemy's face, or even a second rapier.


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