All right, another fancy parrying dagger, certainly not the first one I’ve ever seen — but hold on a minute, there’s something new at hand. Actually the German Main Gauche is something old brought to life again for possibly the first time since the 1600s, when dueling with swords and parrying daggers was a popular way of settling a polite disagreement.
Paul Chen from Hanwei Forge masterminded the recreation of a museum piece from old Europe, an exotic version of the main gauche that duelists used as an offhand weapon. Also known as sword breakers, the curved guards of the hilts caught and locked onto the blade of an opponent. This version — the trident dagger — went a bit farther, appearing to be a normal dagger until the owner pressed the button on the handle. Presto! Spring-loaded steel wings spring out from the sides of the blade. Much more effective at parrying than the usual dagger, the main gauche also presented a lethal center blade.
Currently outlawed as an accessory weapon during fencing competitions, the German Main Gauche trident dagger from Hanwei Forge is a unique collectible. With an ornate handle of chased steel and fully functional carbon steel blade and mechanism, the Main Gauche comes with a matching dagger sheath. The center lancet blade measures 11.5 inches, and the overall length of this 1 lb. 6 oz. aristocrat’s dagger is a well balanced and intriguing 17.5 inches. Wear it like an ordinary dueling knife, and no one’s the wiser.