Scottish Basket Hilt Backsword 1566 High Carbon Steel Live Blade
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 by Hanwei 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. Blade steel is 1566 high carbon.
Overall: 39 3/4“, 101cm
Blade Length: 33 1/2“, 85cm
Handle Length: 6”, 15cm
Weight: 1.4 kg
Point of Balance: 4", 10cm
Specs will vary slightly
from piece to piece.
A high-carbon and manganese spring steel used by Hanwei in many of their differentially hardened Japanese swords and through-hardened medieval swords. This deep hardening steel provides a consistent microstructure ensuring a long life and excellent edge holding in demanding applications.
1566 Steel Composition: 0.6-0.7C 0.85-1.15Mn