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 (talk • contribs) 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)