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Bucklers were small shields which were used in Europe from 12th to 17th century. Normally not much wider than the fist holding it, the buckler was used primarily to parry an opponent's attack rather than cover the wielder's body. It could also be employed as large brass knuckles, to lock the opponent’s weapons and even to shield the sword hand from view in order to obscure its position. This made it difficult for the opponent to anticipate attacks and moves and gave advantage in fast-paced swordfight. As the size of weapons began to decrease and swordplay became more in vogue (as a result of the development of firearms), the buckler became the ideal shield choice.

Steel Buckler is made of 1.3 mm thick (18 gauge) steel with wooden handle. The buckler could be hung from the sword scabbard or belt when two hands were needed for a pike or staff weapon. So widespread was its use that the exercise of sword and buckler became one of the most common sports of the Renaissance. Made by Windlass Steelcrafts.

The Steel Buckler measures 41 cm (16") in diameter. Weight 1.3 kg (2 6/7 lbs).

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