Backsword
Backsword:italienische Schiavona

Backsword oder Broadsword ist die aus England stammende, von Sammlern verwendete Bezeichnung für Militärschwerter die mit einer breiten, schweren, zweischneidigen Klinge ausgestattet waren und vor der Zeit der industriellen Massenfertigung hergestellt wurden. Die Bezeichnung betraf vor allem Schwerter die mit einem vollen, ausgeprägten Korb wie den schottischen Hochlandschwertern oder der italienischen Schiavona. Die wörtliche Übersetzung Breitschwert ist falsch. Backswords sind Schwertklingen mit einschneidiger, gerader Klinge.

Siehe auch

  • Rückenklinge
  • Smallswords
  • Korbschwert

Literatur

  • Gerhard Seifert: Fachwörter der Blankwaffenkunde. Deutsches Abc der europäischen blanken Trutzwaffen. (Hieb-, Stoß-, Schlag- und Handwurfwaffen). Verlag Seifert, Haig 1981.

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  • Backsword — Back sword , n. [2d back, n. + sword.] 1. A sword with one sharp edge. [1913 Webster] 2. In England, a stick with a basket handle, used in rustic amusements; also, the game in which the stick is used. Also called singlestick. Halliwell. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • backsword — [bak′sôrd΄] n. 1. a sword sharpened on only one edge 2. a hilted, saberlike stick used in fencing practice or as a singlestick …   English World dictionary

  • Backsword — A backsword is a sword having a blade with only one edge. [http://www.myarmoury.com/feature euroedge.html MyArmoury] ] The back of the sword is often the thickest part of the blade and acts to support and strengthen it.The term refers more… …   Wikipedia

  • backsword — noun A sword with one sharp edge. It is a thick, heavy backsword, eighteen inches long, with a bevel where the point should be, worn at the waist in a half scabbard of wood …   Wiktionary

  • Backsword — The backsword was so named because it only had one cutting edge. The non cutting edge (the back of the blade) was much thicker than the cutting edge thus creating a wedge type shape which was said to increase the weapons cutting capacity. Also… …   Medieval glossary

  • backsword — noun Date: 1597 a single edged sword …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • backsword — /bak sawrd , sohrd /, n. 1. a sword with only one sharp edge; broadsword. 2. (formerly) a cudgel having a basket hilt, used in fencing exhibitions. 3. a backswordman. [1590 1600; BACK1 + SWORD] * * * …   Universalium

  • backsword — n. sword with one sharp edge; stick used instead of a sword for fencing …   English contemporary dictionary

  • backsword — back•sword [[t]ˈbækˌsɔrd, ˌsoʊrd[/t]] n. her a sword with one edge sharpened • Etymology: 1590–1600 …   From formal English to slang

  • backsword — /ˈbæksɔd/ (say baksawd) noun 1. a sword with only one sharp edge; broadsword. 2. a cudgel with a basket hilt, used like a foil in fencing. –backswordsman, noun …   Australian English dictionary

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