Encyclopedia of historical weapons - Compound-Hilt & Complex-Guard

Term for the many forms of hilts in Renaissance and on some late-Medieval swords. Ususally consist of finger-rings, side-rings or ports, a knuckle-bar, and counter-guard or back-guard. Complex-guard may have swept-hilts, ring-hilts, cage-hilts or basket-hilts.

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Nasal
Plate defence on early medieval helmets, often riveted to the bottom of the skull to cover the nose and middle of the face.
Ricasso
The dull part of a blade right above the hilt. Made for fingering. Not all swords have it.
Visor
Protection for the eyes and face; a plate defence pivoted to the helmet - skull.
Espadon
Two-handed sword of the 15th century.
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