-- Buckler
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Time Period: 12th-17th century
Location: Europe
Common Construction: A wooden core covered in leather with a metal boss

The buckler is a small round or square shield used primarily to deflect blows from lighter weapons such as daggers, short swords, or rapiers. Bucklers were too small to provide any significant defense against arrows.

The buckler is gripped in the fist rather than strapped to the arm, and the center of the shield is often made of iron or steel to protect the hand. This assisted in deflecting sword blows and also allowed the buckler to be used as a metal fist in close quarters.

The buckler's popularity increased during the time period in which the use of larger shields such as heater decreased. It was used primarily by lightly armored soldiers and individual combatants in duels and other small scale conflicts.

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