Scottish baskethilted backsword - antiqued version

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length: 38 1/2"
blade: 32"
blade width at ricasso: 1 1/4"
blade width at 2" from tip: 9/16"
sharpened false edge: 4 1/4"
basket: 5" x 5"
basket interior grip length: 4 1/2"
grip and pommel: 6 1/2"
balance point: 2 1/4" from basket
weight (sword): 3 lb 3.5 oz
weight (sword and scabbard): 3 lb 12.0 oz

This baskethilted backsword dates from about 1760 and has an unusual basket with twin engraved "horned beastie" plaques and a blade with twin fullers. The original blade is German in origin but the blade and hilt are contemporary. Early Scottish highland swords almost invariably had double-edged broadsword blades, but by the time of the Battle of Culloden (1746) the single-edged backsword was at least equal in popularity. The basket and fittings are stainless steel, patinated/antiqued to look like a museum piece. The fully tempered high-carbon 65Mn steel blade is also lightly antiqued. The grip is wire-wrapped rayskin and the basket liner is of felt-covered leather. Includes a brown leather covered wooden scabbard with antiqued steel fittings. A polished version is also available.

(the initial production runs of this antiqued version ended in 2019 - but as of 2022 they're back!)

Price: $420

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