Hanwei Trident Main Gauche
Original: 17th century
Throughout various museum arms and armour displays one will find a surprising number of off-hand parrying daggers that have curious mechanical properties. The blades of these daggers can be triggered so that two spring-loaded arms will open to aid in parrying an oncoming sword. These arms are often erroneously called "blade breakers" by some modern curators, although such a title is very misleading at best. "Blade catcher" would be a more appropriate term.
This particular piece is made by Hanwei, and to my knowledge is not based off of a particular original. It is a very interesting piece. Such daggers are rarely, if ever, reproduced in the modern replica maker. The dagger is not necessarily that fantastic of a piece if it weren't for the spring-loaded arms. Nonetheless, because it is so unique, I am happy with owning it.
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Overall length: 18"
Weight: 1.125 pound
Blade: 12" long; 1" wide at base
Grip length: 3.25"
Point of Balance (PoB): .5" below guard
Maker: CAS Iberia / Hanwei