Basket hilt

the basketlike hilt of a sword, foil, etc., serving to cover and protect the hand.
Historical Examples

And just firmly enough and no more did my wrist twist and deflect his blade on my basket hilt.
The Jacket (The Star-Rover) Jack London

A steel head-piece, a breastplate of the same sure metal, and a heavy sword with a basket hilt hung above D’Antons’ bed.
Brothers of Peril Theodore Goodridge Roberts

Mendoza lifted his sheathed sword and laid his right hand upon the cross-bar of the basket hilt.
In The Palace Of The King F. Marion Crawford

“That is soon tried,” said Vich Alister More, laying his hand upon the basket hilt of his claymore.
A Legend of Montrose Sir Walter Scott

I took down a long straight blade, like a rapier, with a basket hilt.
Romance Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer

They are usually of brass or bronze in the shape of a shoe, but frequently they are in the form of the basket hilt of a claymore.
Up the Orinoco and down the Magdalena H. J. Mozans

a hilt fitted to a broadsword, with a generally padded basket-shaped guard to protect the hand


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