Military Knives - Main Gauche

These are characterised by having some form of hand defence beyond a simple cross guard, and being associated with rapier fighting – hence the name, meaning "left hand".

I have shown here an early form of about mid 16thC with a ‘thumb ring’.

They were popular from the mid 16thC to the end of the 17thC, quickly becoming more and more elaborate and used across Europe by the more well to do.

From £300.

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