Most people can't seem to make the catching guard work in live sparring of like-vs-like (when they can find a way at all to more or less safely full speed live spar with catching guards and blades close enough to real to be vulnerable to the catch).
Anyway, I've never experienced the utility of the catching style guard. Have you been able to make use of the pitchfork shaped guard in a useful way? It always seemed too small to really make a big difference against a knife. Also, does anyone have any experience with the crossada by James Keating? I've heard its the best knife ever, and I've heard its a bunch of marketing hype.