Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. That part of the blade of a rapier which is included between the outermost guard (see cup-guard, counter-guard) and the cross-guard, or the point of connection between the blade and the hilt. In the rapier of the sixteenth century this part was narrower and thicker than the blade proper, and usually rectangular in section. Compare
heel, 2 , and talon, and see cut under hilt.
- n. The blunt area of a sword just above the hilt, used for grip and maneuverability.
“The ivory hilt and the gold inlays on the blade's ricasso gleamed for some while as the weapon sank through the clear water.”
“The ricasso of the blade is gilded and the blade is covered with arabesque work in gold and blue for about nine inches near the hilt and bright polished from there to the point.”
“Has the peculiarly Italian design of ornamentation, criss-cross lines on the ricasso.”
“The BF013314-4. 0 Lock-knife has a 3 inch blade, 0.875 inch ricasso (approx) and a”
“The section of blade closest to the guard is called the jiàngen or root, and is mainly used for defensive actions; on some late period jian, the base of the blade was made into an unsharpened ricasso.”
“a 3 inch blade, 0.875 inch ricasso (approx) and a 0.125 inch spine.”
“BF012968CA Lock-knife has a 3.125 inch blade, 1.062 inch ricasso (approx) and a 0.125 "spine.”
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