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[[image:buckler.jpg|right|200px|thumb|Replica 15th century buckler.]]
 
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A '''buckler''' is a small [[shield]], used in both [[heavy]] and [[rapier]] [[combat]]. They are usually between 8 and 12 inches in diameter, and primarill constructed of [[metal]] and sometimes had [[leather]] coverings. They were in common use from at least the [[13th century]] and were common sights for hundreds of years.
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A '''buckler''' is a small [[shield]], used in both [[heavy]] and [[rapier]] [[combat]]. They are usually between 8 and 12 inches in diameter, and primarily constructed of [[metal]] and sometimes had [[leather]] coverings. They were in common use from at least the [[13th century]] and were common sights for hundreds of years.
   
 
The earliest surviving fencing manual [[I.33|Royal Armouries I.33]] demonstrates the use of this device with an [[arming sword]].
 
The earliest surviving fencing manual [[I.33|Royal Armouries I.33]] demonstrates the use of this device with an [[arming sword]].
   
Of the shields ''per se'', it is probably the lightest, and easiest to move about. But, given that it is usually gripped by a handle across its back, it deprives its bearer of the use of the shield hand. That said, it is one of the easiest to attempt to have your opponent do a "nose-butt" on, just by putting it in the way. It also allows for a quite vicious back-hand rim-blow, powered by the full arm, which, could break the nose.
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Of the shields ''per se'', it is probably the lightest, and easiest to move about. But, given that it is usually gripped by a handle across its back, it deprives its bearer of the use of the shield hand. That said, it is one of the easiest to attempt to have your opponent do a "nose-butt" on, just by putting it in the way. It also allows for a quite vicious back-hand rim-blow which could break the nose.
   
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''See also:''
 
''See also:''
 
* [[rapier shield]]
 
* [[rapier shield]]

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Replica 15th century buckler.

A buckler is a small shield, used in both heavy and rapier combat. They are usually between 8 and 12 inches in diameter, and primarily constructed of metal and sometimes had leather coverings. They were in common use from at least the 13th century and were common sights for hundreds of years.

The earliest surviving fencing manual Royal Armouries I.33 demonstrates the use of this device with an arming sword.

Of the shields per se, it is probably the lightest, and easiest to move about. But, given that it is usually gripped by a handle across its back, it deprives its bearer of the use of the shield hand. That said, it is one of the easiest to attempt to have your opponent do a "nose-butt" on, just by putting it in the way. It also allows for a quite vicious back-hand rim-blow which could break the nose.

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See also: