Backswords

Are you interested in historical weapons? Do you know backswords? They were used by heavy cavalry from the 16th to the 19th century. Later, some warriors changed backswords for sabres. Take a look at our range of beautiful backswords that are made after historical originals.

Filter

Intended for:

Stabbing backsword El Cid

Stabbing backsword El Cid

Detail 73,00 € In stock

Brass Basket Hilt Claymore

Brass Basket Hilt Claymore

Detail 209,00 € In stock

Eglinton Basket Sword

Eglinton Basket Sword

Detail 225,00 € In stock

Scottish broadsword

Scottish broadsword

Detail 232,00 € In stock

Schiavona sword

Schiavona sword

Detail 253,00 € In stock

The backsword is so called because the triangular cross section that gives a flat back edge opposite the cutting edge. The backsword is stabbing and thrusting bladed weapon that is similar to the sabre. The sabre has a curved blade, so it is not suitable for stabbing as the backsword. The backsword blade is wide in comparison to the rapier blade. The blade of backsword can have one or two edges.

The backsword has a single-handed grip. The grip is usually composed of wood covered with leather and twisted wire. The cross-guard is usually made of brass or iron and is open toward its holder. There are many types of backswords. They differ in length, overall blade shape and cross-guard complexity.

The backswords were often secondary weapons of European cavalrymen from the late 16th and early 17th centuries. Backswords were important weapons for cuirassiers, dragoons and other members of heavy cavalry. They were replaced by sabers in the Austro-Hungarian army during the 19th century.

Advisory Service: Questions and Answers

What is the difference between industrially rolled and hand-forged blades?

In the case of hand-forged blades, our blacksmith takes the already rolled spring steel and forges it by hand on the anvil or under the drop hammer. The steel gets more solid (denser) by forging. In the case of industrially rolled spring steel blades, the sheets of steel plate is cut to strips under drop snips, then ground or milled and immediately forged into the annealing furnace and oil-quenched. The properties of both kinds of steels are not very different, since industrial rolling is already very good! On forged blades are usually blacksmith marks, which give them an authentic and unique look.

Enter the Advisory Service