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Old 11th October 2014, 01:26 PM   #1
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The baselard (also basilard, baslard, in Middle French also badelare, bazelaire and variants, In latin baselardus, basolardus, in Middle High German beseler, baseler, basler, pasler; baslermesser) is a historical type of 14th century dagger with a distinctive hilt usually shaped like a a I or H.
Actually it is not a dagger but a knive! Because it has a riveted flat tang and it lacks a separate guard and pommel.
the flat tang is formed in one piece with the guard and pommel , the whole is sandwiched between plates of wood, bone or ivory.
Baselard blades could be of different forms and shapes but the most common is a flat rigid diamond-shaped blade with two fullers, strongly tapering to a acute point. Purely for the thrust.

because it is an early weapon 13th and 14 century, almost most basilards in museums and private collections lost the handle.

This is very unfortunate. for there are actually two basilard hilt forms:
1.the flat hilt
2.the hilt with a round pommel and round guard.

For example, see drawing no A, here are two basilard hilt forms shown.
Due to this round hilt form, the basilard can thus be identified as forerunner of the later rondel dagger.

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