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The Renaissance main-gauche (French for "left hand) was used mainly to assist in defence by parrying incoming thrusts, while the dominant hand wields a rapier or similar longer weapon intended for one-handed use. The blade of this Main Gauche has a 12cm-long-ricasso and two U-shaped, approx. 52mm deep notches (so-called. blade breaker). The blade is made from 5mm thick tempered spring steel and is sharp ground!
Important note: This Main Gauche is available in the original version with a sharp blade only. Its use in combat or theatrical performances is extremely dangerous. For this reason, it is offered as a decorative item for collectors e.g. It is NOT sold in any case as a weapon for practical use.
The daggers are approximately made as follows. The basic shape of the blade is made by a laser CNC machine. It is burned from spring steel. The semi-finished blade follows then in the groove cutter, where the cutting edge and the groove are milled. The blade is then oil-quenched and tempered to the desired hardness. Then the guard and pommel is attached to the blade tang. The tang is usually peened at the end (behind the pommel) and the cross-guard hard soldered with brass. Hardwood plates are placed under the handle wrapping from genuine cowhide so that the handle is sufficiently robust for a safe grasp. The steels surfaces obtain the desired finish in the end - with a wire brush or with a felt disc with polishing paste.