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19th century French Navy officer sabre
19th century French Navy officer sabre

A backsword is a sword having a blade with only one edge.[1] The back of the sword is often the thickest part of the blade and acts to support and strengthen it. ImageMetadata File history File links Download high resolution version (1780x1252, 107 KB) Officer sabre of the French Navy, 19th Century. ... ImageMetadata File history File links Download high resolution version (1780x1252, 107 KB) Officer sabre of the French Navy, 19th Century. ... Swiss longsword, 15th or 16th century Look up Sword in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... A blade is the flat part of a tool or weapon that normally has a cutting edge and/or pointed end typically made of a metal, most recently, steel intentionally used to cut, stab, slice, throw, thrust, or strike an animate or inainimate object. ...

The term sometimes refers more specifically to Early Modern European weapons, usually straight, and typically with complex protective hilts. It 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[2] The early modern period is a term used by historians to refer to the period in Western Europe and its first colonies, between the Middle Ages and modern society. ... Singlestick, also known as cudgels, is a martial art related to fencing and stick fighting, and a wooden weapon for the art, used for attack and defence, the thicker end being thrust through a cup-shaped hilt of basket-work to protect the hand. ...

Backswords were often the secondary weapons of European-style cavalrymen beginning in the late 16th, early 17th centuries.[1] The weapon's name was likely derived from the practice of slinging the weapon in a sheath behind the trooper's back while riding in order to prevent it from clanging against his or the horse’s side as they galloped[3]

Some examples of backswords

A mortuary sword is a kind of backsword which was used after 1625 by the dragoons during the English civil wars. ... It has been suggested that Cavalry saber be merged into this article or section. ... Szablas in Muzeum Wojska Polskiego, Warsaw. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ...


  1. ^ a b MyArmoury
  2. ^ Broadsword and Single-stick, by R. G. Allanson Winn and C. Phillips-Wolley (London, 1898)
  3. ^ Ironsides: English Cavalry 1588-1688 by John Tincey ISBN: 184176213X

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Backsword is a denomination of any type of sword 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.
Backswords have evolved out of knives and machete like farmers' tools in many cultures.
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