A backsword is a type of sword characterised by having a single-edged blade and a hilt with a single-handed grip. It is so called because the triangular cross section gives a flat back edge opposite the cutting edge. Later examples often have a "false edge" on the back near the tip, which was in many cases sharpened to make an actual edge and facilitate thrusting attacks. From around the early 14th century, the backsword became the first type of European sword to be fitted with a knuckle guard.
The term "backsword" can also refer to the singlestick, which is used to train for fighting with the backsword, or to the sport or art of fighting in this fashion. Backswording was an alternative term for singlesticking tournaments in England.
Being easier and cheaper to make than double-edged swords, backswords became the favored sidearm of common infantry, including irregulars such as the Highland Scots, which in Scottish Gaelic were called the claidheamh cuil (back sword), after one of several terms for the distinct types of weapons they used. Backswords were often the secondary weapons of European cavalrymen beginning in the 17th century.
The Elizabethan George Silver was a major proponent of the English backsword in lieu of the rapier. Though he was quite familiar and able with the rapier, he preferred the cut-and-thrust versatility of the backsword over the thrust-oriented rapier and he extolled it as a weapon suitable for street self-defense and the battlefield over the rapier which was optimized for the duel, but unsuitable for the battlefield. He even called it a dangerous weapon because it could not offer enough protection to its user.
This item cannot be traded or placed in a trade window (for example, to show a friend the drop pattern). Also the backsword cannot be placed in a sword rack. It does not age. Pirates who do not have the box edition may never own a backsword. Pirates who do own the box edition can only obtain one backsword per pirate. Additionally, if a pirate chooses the savvy hat they forfeit the option to obtain the backsword on that particular pirate.
To claim the backsword, register the key code from the box edition of Puzzle Pirates on the account page. From then on, any pirates created under that account will have a new mission called "Claim your inheritance." Select that mission and follow the instructions to claim either the backsword or savvy hat. When the backsword is selected, a randomly-colored backsword is placed in the pirate's Booty panel.
According to Wikipedia, the term backsword does not describe a specific sword but instead denotes any sword with only a single edge. For example, a machete is a type of backsword, as is the Japanese katana. The backsword instead resembles a Scottish broadsword, which can be both single- and double-edged.
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.
A backsword is a single-edged sword. As they fall under a different skill than swords and greatswords (which are more common), it is often difficult to become adept at backswords. All backswords have a +1 AC modifier.
Backsword is a denomination of any type of sword with a blade with only one edge, with the back of the sword often being the thickest part of the blade. Since "sword" is sometimes defined as double-edged, a definition of a backsword without taking recourse to defining it as a "sword" would be that it is designed as a weapon, unlike a generic knife which may have uses as a tool, long enough to be optimized for slashing.
Some backswords are curved in order to make slicing/chopping action easier, at some expense of thrusting power, but this should not be seen as an overwhelming trend in the type, but rather limited to specialised forms.
Backswording was a rather violent sport where two combatants would try and hit each other over the head with their backswords in order to draw blood. The first to draw an inch of blood was declared the winner.
Saturday 3:00-5:00pm Duration: Two days Price: $20 Our beginner's course is designed to introduce brand-new students to the world of historical European martial arts. This two-day course provides an overview of the three main weapon systems practiced at our school - longsword, rapier, and backsword. Students are introduced to the basic concepts and body mechanics which appear in every weapon system we train, including footwork, posture, stances, guards, and cutting mechanics. This course is limited to ages 14 and older. All necessary gear, such as synthetic weapons and fencing masks, will be provided by the school. At the end of this course, students will be well prepared to attend any of our regular classes. Register
Tuesday 5:30-6:30pm This class introduces students to the Scottish backsword, a single-edged sword with a full hand guard used in war for centuries. Students in this class will be introduced to the regimental style of backsword once used to train soldiers how to duel with these weapons. Register
Tuesday 6:30-7:30pm The 'Scottish Class', as we call it, focuses on 18th-century weaponry tied to the backsword traditions. This sword often fought against a bayonet rather than another sword, which had a significant impact on the systems which were developed for its use. The two weapons are trained side by side during drills in this class. Register
Sword. A 17th century Scottish Basket hilted backsword, the 79cm straight steel double fullered blade engraved HINDRIGH HARTGOR, the opposite side MEE FECIT SOLINGEN, the basket formed of rounded bars, retaining wooden grip and bun shape pommel, rusted and worn, commensurate with age, 95.5cm long overall
Being easier and cheaper to make than double-edged swords, backswords became the favored sidearm of common infantry, including irregulars such as the Highland Scots, who in Scottish Gaelic were called the claidheamh cuil (back sword), after one of several terms for the distinct types of weapons they used. Backswords were often the secondary weapons of European cavalrymen beginning in the late 16th and early 17th centuries. 041b061a72