- a stick used instead of a sword for fencing
- a sword with only one cutting edge
The 18th century backsword is the indigenous traditional English and Scottish fencing art. A straight bladed cutting weapon usually with a baskethilt and single edge, it has many similarities but also marked differences from the sabre that followed it as the standard military weapon of the day.
- a sword with only one cutting edgeFound on http://www.webdictionary.co.uk/definition.php?query=backsword
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A sword with one sharp edge. 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
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a sword with only one cutting edgeFound on http://wordnetweb.princeton.edu/perl/webwn?s=backsword
• (n.) In England, a stick with a basket handle, used in rustic amusements; also, the game in which the stick is used. Also called singlestick. • (n.) A sword with one sharp edge.Found on http://thinkexist.com/dictionary/meaning/backsword/
A sword with only one cutting edge, which has an unsharpened 'back' spine. The weapon is extremely similar to the messer, with the exception that the messer is usually made with a slight curve, whereas the backsword is almost always straight.Found on http://web.ceu.hu/medstud/manual/SRM/gloss.htm
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 known as a "Mortuary Sword", or the German "Reitschwert."Found on http://www.encyclo.co.uk/local/21591
A backsword is a type of European sword characterized by having a straight 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 .....Found on http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Backsword
A type of heavy sabre, generally single-edged with a Found on http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glossary_of_fencing
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