SCOTTISH BASKET-HILT BACKSWORD (SH2003) by CAS Hanwei
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 very sharp 32 1/2 inch 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 steel pommel is threaded and ends with a dark red brown tassel. The scabbard is black leather-covered with matching steel furniture.
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• Overall: 39"
• Blade Length: 32 1/2"
• Handle Length: 6 1/2"
• Point of Balance: 3"
• Edge: Sharp
• Width at Guard: 1.25"
• Width at Tip: .87"
• Thickness at Guard: .23"
• Thickness at Tip: .10"
• Weight: 3lb 1.2oz
Specs will vary slightly from piece to piece.
Culloden Moor, known then as Drummossie Muir, was the site of the last pitched battle on the British mainland on 16 April 1746. The course of British, European and world history was changed here at Culloden on 16 April 1746. It was here that the Jacobite army fought to reclaim the throne of Britain from the Hanoverians for a Stuart king. The British army was equally determined to stop this happening. The ferocious European war had come to Scotland - dividing families and setting clan against clan.
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.
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