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.
- 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
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£297.00 / €341.55
(Including VAT at 20%)