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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.  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 blackened stainless steel, to minimize maintenance, while the antique finish blade is forged by Hanwei in high-carbon steel and heat treated for edge retention characteristics and toughness. The grip is covered with wire-wrapped genuine rayskin for long term strength and durability.  The basket liner, like the original, is crafted in fabric-covered leather.  The scabbard is leather-covered with a blackened stainless steel mouth and drag for strength and longevity.


Overall: 39", 99cm
Blade Length: 32 1/2", 82.5cm
Handle Length: 6 1/2", 16.5cm
Weight: 2lb 9oz, 1160grams
Blade Steel: 1566

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Scottish Basket Hilt Back Sword 1566 Carbon Steel Live Blade Antique Finish

SKU: SH2003N
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