German trident main gauche

length: 17 1/2"
blade: 11 1/2"
weight: 1 lb 6 oz

A mid-17th century German spring-loaded blade-trapping main gauche, based on a museum piece. (Really - you can't make this stuff up!) These weren't "sword breakers", because quite frankly, it's damned hard to break a sword blade (except for stainless steel sword blades - see the first entry in my Video and Film clips page). Anyway, the point of this style of main gauche was for use as a quick surprise "ha ha, gotcha!" blade trap - you fight sword and gauche, then suddenly flick open the side blades, then use leverage to grab and deflect your opponent's blade, then stab the frak out of your momentarily surprised opponent. The spring mechanism of this dagger is the same as in the trident main gauche. Comes with a wood, leather and steel scabbard. Made by Paul Chen / Hanwei.