Basket Hilt Broadswords
Offering greater protection to the hand with a basket-shaped guard, the basket hilt broadsword served as a military sword in the 16th through 18th centuries, contrasting the slim dueling rapier worn during the same period by civilians. Various forms of this Renaissance sword are known as basket hilt backswords, schiavona swords, and Scottish broadswords. While the terms broadsword and backsword did not appear until the Victorian era, they are used in present day to distinguish between double-edged and single-edged basket hilted swords, respectively. At Buying a Sword, we provide an excellent selection of historical sword replicas, including a fine assortment of basket hilted broadswords. These Renaissance broadswords are available in functional and decorative sword designs, making them ideal for re-enactors and weapon collectors.