Sword "Breaker" or Sword "Catcher"?

Tod’s reproduction of a Renaissance Sword “Breaker” or is it a ‘sword catcher’?

Most likely named by the Victorians, these unusual looking daggers were actually used to catch and control an opponent’s rapier blade and so Sword “Catcher” would probably be a more accurate name.

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  • My thought is, if I was swinging a sword and the opponent parried with that gauche, I'd simply redirect to hit his hand that was holding it. Perhaps that is the reason it was never popular.

    MyBacktrail July 25, 2020 9:29 am Reply
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    Ska July 25, 2020 9:29 am Reply
  • Probably cause sword fighting in that era with their weapons was a predominantly distanced jabbing act, and that sword catcher would only work effectively for a slashing blow

    0 0 July 25, 2020 9:29 am Reply
  • Maybe it breaks the sword wielder's grip not the actual sword.

    James Garrard July 25, 2020 9:29 am Reply
  • Given the tines are fairly delicate and would require a ton of labor, could it be that they were more expensive to the point most people chose a standard dagger? Combine an increase in expense and the requirement to learn new techniques, perhaps that's why there's not many of these.

    TeufelHundenM198 July 25, 2020 9:29 am Reply
  • this is another example of something that tried to do 2 things at once but ends up failing completely at both. sword breaker is probably a nickname for that type of dagger since they would possibly had several names across the various languages and blacksmiths of the time. breaking swords probably wasn't its main function but its not hard to see it breaking a sword that has already been banged around a bit or that is just made poorly to begin with.

    D1rtySanchezZ1 July 25, 2020 9:29 am Reply
  • Lostvayne

    Ardan Sleek July 25, 2020 9:29 am Reply
  • I think that it is just not as Practical as a small buckler, harder to use which is always bad in a combat scenario what ever your weapon it should be intuitive and not have to rely on a perfect reaction to your enemies movements.

    Philipp Schmid July 25, 2020 9:29 am Reply
  • Sword Breaker as it breaks the swing of the sword?

    Philipp Schmid July 25, 2020 9:29 am Reply
  • Historical boxing fan here. I've an idea.

    If you did not know, boxing is based on swordplay. "boxers" = rapier and dagger, "punchers" = sword and shield. The rapier form goes back to the 1780s, sword and shield boxing is ancient, 686bc.

    I'd say the reason it's less effective than it may seem in a comfortable test is because of distances favoring forms. In boxing rapier and dagger is a distance game. The sword and shield form is your close game. You may have neutralized their right with you left thereby leaving your fight ending hand capable of ending the fight BUT you've given favorable ground and left the tool used to open up the final blow free for use.

    In short, if a boxer pulls a puncher in he'd better tie up both hands because at close range the puncher is going to light that boxer up. Tie up the sword, you still have to deal with the close range.

    No clue is shield play even has a role in this era, just saying, if it did that's a real good reason why rapier guys stayed away from grappling in any form for the most part.

    Super interesting stuff, thanks buds.

    MrRoccoMarchegiano July 25, 2020 9:29 am Reply
  • Please, whisper main gauche in my ears

    Lawrence Michaux July 25, 2020 9:29 am Reply
  • think of "brake" rather than "break"

    Thomas Hyle July 25, 2020 9:29 am Reply
  • One basic problem is they are just so much harder to make than a normal dagger.

    Darrell Parfitt July 25, 2020 9:29 am Reply
  • Why does his shirt look like a tied pork roast😂

    C Æ RT S-WG July 25, 2020 9:29 am Reply
  • I don‘t want to be stabbed by this thing

    Just a moustache July 25, 2020 9:29 am Reply
  • Using it upside down seems even more efficient. Translated wrong? Maybe it was Guard Breaker. Shield Breaker.

    Finch Waddledog July 25, 2020 9:29 am Reply
  • I wonder if the name "Sword Breaker" was meant more for "breaking" the the momentum of the attack and less about "breaking" the physical sword.

    Steven Kiley July 25, 2020 9:29 am Reply
  • great video, as a swordman myself (15 years of experience) I believe that the "sword catcher" could actually have a benefit, Imagine being in a duel and someone pulls one of those daggers on you, probably you never seen something like that before, the mere fact that your opponent has a weapon that you dont know how it works or how to use it automatically puts you in a disadvantage.
    in the event that the dagger fails to catch the opponents sword, any competent swordman would have a counter tecnique at the ready in case this happens specially when using such an specialized weapon. besides, in a real fight I believe it would be rather difficult to actually "catch" the blade of your opponent, I mean "catch" to bind it in to a complete stop, but probably you dont even need to. just to catch the blade for a split second, enough to just disturb your opponents rythm and timing and thats enough for you to find an openning and make an attack. I also believe that a blade like that makes no sense if you are not using another sword in the right hand.
    and why you dont see much of those historical "swordbreakers", may be becouse they must have been awfully expensive!!! imagine the amount of time and skill required to forge one of those by hand!! there is a known youtube channel that attempted to make one of those and they werent able to do it by hand even using power tools and modern steel, finally they got it right on the second try using a laser cutter (or cnc machine, i dont remember)

    InnerSilence123 July 25, 2020 9:29 am Reply
  • clearly this guys very confused, thats an avernic defender.


    Name Change 94 July 25, 2020 9:29 am Reply
  • фантазер. даже не правильно держит меч. брейкер держат в вспомогательной руке , а в главной основной меч. при отбивании атаки основным . если удар пошел вскользь то брейкером можно зажать меч противника между ним и основным мечом. естественно протыкая основным врага. не давая врагу отвести назад свой меч.

    et cetera July 25, 2020 9:29 am Reply
  • It was probably enthusiastically used until one guy missed his parry and got messed up bad for it. That or no one wanted to carry one of these and have to use another blade at the same time as that takes a lot of coordination.

    rexmage July 25, 2020 9:29 am Reply
  • When all is said and done, I still want one.

    Runs with Cows July 25, 2020 9:29 am Reply

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