ArmsIn Fencing, the hand-left is a Dague used in the “weak” hand, mainly to facilitate the Parade attacks of Estoc, the other hand generally holding a Rapière or a sword of court. Some also can, if necessary, being used for the attack if the opportunity arises.
A particular case of hand-left is the hand-left three-pronged fork. A hand-left three-pronged fork arises under the appearance of a traditional hand-left, but its “blade” (not-sharp) in fact made up of three metal bands and is controlled by a mechanism with spring. When this one is activé, the two edge lines are spread, thus offering a configuration out of V making it possible to well better avoid a weapon (at the price of certain a brittleness as well because of the mechanism as of the Moment of force when the unfavourable blade touches the three-pronged fork).
StyleThe term hand-left also referred with the style of combat with a weapon in each hand. This style seldom used in sporting event, for several reasons:
- the sporting fencing is derived from the fencing on line of the Franco-Italian school.
- in the sporting context, the adversary is single cannot be equipped that with an equivalent weapon, whose handling is restricted (not strike with naked hands, of the pommel). In this context, to fight with only one principal weapon allows a better balance and to offer less zone discovered.
- the key of the sufficient end of the weapon to obtain the point, the concept of power of penetration is forsaken.
- Example of hand-left three-pronged fork #1
- Example of hand-left three-pronged fork #2
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