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n. pl. ri·cas·sos
An unsharpened section of a sword or knife blade next to the hilt.

[Italian, of unknown origin.]
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De Ceglie A, Bilardi C, Blanchi S, Ricasso M, Di Muzio M, Trimarchi A, et al.
The blade features stonewashed grinds with a satin finished ricasso (flat).
The blade style is a drop point with the Spyde-hole integrated into the lower rear portion of the ricasso.
On the thick unsharpened section known as the ricasso, just below the hilt, the reverse of the blade is etched 'J.
He said: "I'm staging the Ricasso Art Exhibition and Sale at The Florrie at 6.
Attention to detail can be seen with what's left of the ricasso (the flat part of the exposed blade).
The grind on a modern drop point is usually deep, often kissing the spine with only a small amount of ricasso (flat surface metal) located around the choil.
The lower edge of the blade was sharpened from a point just ahead of the ricasso to the tip of the blade.
The handle is represented by two concave lines and no ricassos are depicted.
The swords documented in Oukaimeden do not have ricassos to protect the hilt.
As the seriation progresses, the round-ended hilts still appear, but the midrib disappears, and sometimes a grip and ricassos are visible.
Contrary to Bronze Age daggers, which show a remarkable uniformity, Libyan-Berber daggers evince an evolution through time and wider variability, not only in the blade or the hilt shapes, but sometimes in the presence of hilts or ricassos (fig.