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A buckler is a small shield, used in both heavy and rapier combat. Usually not much bigger than a dinner plate in size.

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, in Real Life, could break the nose, forcing the broken bone back and up into the brain and killing with the sudden impact.

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