SCOTTISH BASKET-HILT BROADSWORD (SH2002) by CAS Hanwei
Although Basket-Hilt swords appeared throughout Britain from the mid-sixteenth century on, their association with the seventeenth and eighteenth century Scottish highlander has become legendary. Our Basket-Hilt Broadsword, replicated from an original in the collection of the Royal Armouries in England, carries a typical Glasgow-style hilt from the mid-18th century. It is likely that the blade of the original sword, marked “Andrea Ferara”, was made in Germany a century earlier and re-hilted as basket designs were refined. 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.
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• Overall: 39 3/4"
• Blade Length: 33 1/2"
• Handle Length: 6"
• Point of Balance: 5"
• Point of Harmonics: 23"
• Width at Guard: 1.79"
• Width at Tip: 1.19"
• Thickness at Guard: .19"
• Thickness at Tip: .08"
• Weight: 3lb 1oz
Specs will vary slightly from piece to piece.
The term "broadsword," while it has become a generic term for the European sword in general, is not really an accurate term when used in that way. The only "true" usage of the word "broadsword" is when it applies specifically to the Scottish basket-hilt weapon of the 17th and 18th C., when that specific term was in usage to that specific weapon (what some people also call a "claymore")
Early incarnations of the basket-hilt sword (right) was in many respects more effective than later models. The basket of steel bars does an excellent job of protecting the hand, yet does not add a great amount of weight. Well balanced, this is an excellent cut and thrust weapon.
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• Magnet Sword Hanger