Blunt part of a sword blade immediately above the crossguard. (Wise, Terence. Medieval Warfare, 250)
Italian, Fencing term, the unsharpened part of a blade contacted by the index finger when wrapped around the hand guard for tip control, typically seen on rapiers and other trusting weapons
The rectangular part of a sword blade nearest the hilt but above the edge, usually thickened and blunted to permit the fingers to grip it securely.