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basket hilt

A sword hilt with a basket-shaped guard serving to cover and protect the hand.

bas′ket-hilt′ed (-hĭl′tĭd) adj.
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All the time that he had appeared so indifferent to what was going on, he had been looking slily about for some missile or weapon of defence, and at the very instant when the swords were drawn, he espied, standing in the chimney- corner, an old basket-hilted rapier in a rusty scabbard.
Sitting at the heart of the Old Town, the array of plaid, brooches, basket-hilted broadswords and all that Brigadoon malarkey is bound to pack in the tourists as the holiday season gets up to full speed and will be the ideal appetiser for Military Tattoo audiences.
I have done a lot of fencing but fighting with a real basket-hilted broadsword is completely different - much tougher.