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Is the main-gauche allowed at all in Sport Fencing? I've seen absolutely no mention of it at all in the rulebook. Kd5mdk 21:46, 9 July 2005 (UTC)

I have seen some fencers using smaller swords similar to that of a main gauche. I don't know if it is used professionaly or if it is just a private practice. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Nomicron (talkcontribs) 27 April 2006.

Made some major changes regarding factual errors. 1) Sport fencing prohibits any use of the off hand for defense 2) fighting with 2 swords was NOT called Main-gauche, if it was called anything, it was called Case of Rapier. Period fencing manuals don't give these styles a particular name but among students of the period, Main-Gauche refers to fighting with a dagger in the off hand. 3) I changed Fencing to Sword Fighting as Main-gauche has nothing to do with the 'sport' of fencing but everything to do with sword combat. The use of a main-gauche was popular up to the 18th century in dueling. It stopped when fencing turned into a sport and was no longer about combat. Well into the 18th C, woodcuts show fencers dueling with small swords and main-gauche. Further, see the movie The Duelists for a nice Hollywood representation of this kind of combat (good movie too). Historical Fencing enthusiasts DO use the main-gauche form - but that has nothing to do with modern sport fencing.--Lepeu1999 16:45, 6 December 2006 (UTC)