In AC3, I have a little trouble beating the captain of the fort in close range non-stealth combat, who is usually able to counter a counter with a damaging punch to the face. This means that I can either take the hit or counter it and take a smaller hit (or maybe dodge, haven't tried that yet).
I think a kick works somewhat, but if I remember correctly the captain usually counters a killing blow from the knife or the tomahawk (haven't tried sword yet).
This has forced me to use stealth strategies to take out the captain. Which is annoying because sometimes I try to take the whole fort on at once Commando-style and the captain spoils the fun.
What is the best combo for fighting the fort captain in open combat?
What is the best melee weapon class (short blade, axe, sword, musket, etc) for honorable combat with the captain?