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Sword, Blade, Sidearm, Rural, British Isles, Cavalry, Scotland, Latin Europe
Also called a ‘backsword’. A strait bladed, usually single-edged military cut-and-thrust weapon, often featuring enhanced hand protection such as a basket or cage hilt. Used initially by cavalry, it was also known as a 'backsword' because it was hung over the back by cavalry soldiers so that it wouldn't slap the thigh while galloping. Normally single-edged though sometimes featuring a partial or full false-edge. Used from the 16th through the 19th century, primarily as a cavalry weapon. Backsword variants included the basket-hilt claymore, and the hanger. A basket hilt on any sword can be used to strike with, and may be treated as an extra-heavy knuckleduster (Damage 1-6 B/B) which is available for use at grapple range.
16th Century broadsword, Scotland English sword, 16th Century 17th Century Scottish ‘claymore’ or ‘broadsword’, a type of Backsword Irish broadsword, mid-16th Century
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