Please be advised that we are continuing to accept & process orders but due to the current situation we are operating with a skeleton staff.
If you have an queries please email rather than phone. Thank you for your patience and understanding, please stay safe.

Medieval Weaponry |  Swords |  Medieval European Swords |  Scottish Swords |  Basket Hilt Backsword

Basket Hilt Backsword

Product Code: SH2003

Basket Hilt Backsword SH2003

Mouse over image to zoom

High Resolution Images

Basket Hilt Backsword Basket Hilt Backsword

Early highland swords almost invariably carried the double-edged broadsword blade, but by the time of the Battle of Culloden (1746) the single-edged backsword was at least equal in popularity. Our Basket-Hilt Backsword, replicated from an original in the collection of the Royal Armouries in England that dates from about 1760, has an unusual basket with twin engraved horned beastie plaques and a blade with twin fullers running most of its length. The blade is German in origin, but the hilt and blade are contemporary. The hilt is crafted in stainless steel, to minimize maintenance, while the blade is forged in high-carbon steel. The grip is covered with wire-wrapped genuine rayskin and the basket liner, like the original, is crafted in fabric-covered leather. The scabbard is leather-covered. See model SH2003N for the antique-finished version of this sword.

Practical Basket Hilt Backsword

The Practical Basket-Hilt Backsword is built for the re-enactor. The basket is identical to the edged version (SH2003), but the blade is unsharpened, with 1/16 safety edges and rounded tips, complying with the combat rules of many re-enactment societies. The blade is crafted in 1065 high-carbon steel, hardened to 50HRC, which reduces edge-notching to acceptable levels while providing resilience and protection against brittleness. The scabbard is finished in matte black, ready for owner customization if desired.

Key Features

  • Authentic replica of a museum piece
  • Fully functional
  • Scabbard included


  • This sword has a blunt edge
  • This sword is functional
  • This sword is made from 1065 high-carbon steel
  • This sword is hand forged


  Imperial Metric
Weight 41.4oz 1.175kg
Blade Length 32.68" 83cm
Grip Length 6½" 16.5cm
Thickness at Guard .23" 5.8mm
Overall 38.98" 99cm


Usually delivered within 5 working days
Contact Us to confirm availability (0800 862 0411)

OUR PRICE: 297.00 / 344.52 (Including VAT at 20%)

Medieval Weaponry |  Swords |  Medieval European Swords |  Scottish Swords |  Basket Hilt Backsword