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As matching companion dagger to the Hanwei Gustav II. Rapier, the Gustav II. Main Gauche is an authentically styled parrying weapon also manufactured at Paul Chen's factory. The dagger's blade is constructed of forged high carbon steel and equipped with a leather scabbard. Its hilt is made from stainless steel (for reduced maintenance) and the guard has a beautiful design with upturned quillons to protect the hand and to wrap the fingers around in order to increase one's grip strength.
Made by Hanwei.
Specs may slightly vary from piece to piece.
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.