a new peice of equipment for the thieves,it cost less than a sword (dunno how much), it can take 3-4 normal hits from a sword to shatter, 2 charged hits from the sword, it takes 2 mace hits to shatter and one charged mace to shatter. This is jus the general idea, the values can be changed. its like a weapon (maybe going under the 3 slot) and you attack or block to protect yourslef, much like the block of a sword.

I think its time the Devs put in some swing animations for the weapons to help a thief to know when to run or block.