What is a Baldric?
It is a piece (complement) made of several materials that is used to attach a knife, a dagger or a sword without having it in the hands. Its shape changes according to the cutting blade that has to be held. The belt baldric normally has one or more holes to be attached in a correct way.
Sorts of Baldrics
Strap Baldric: It was used mostly by the Musketeers in order to hold the rapier sword.
- Simple Baldric: It is used for swords with a straight blade.
- Foil Baldric: It has straps to fit the blade of a foil.
- Baldric for daggers: Logically its size is minor than of the others which are designed for swords, it is possible to adapt them thanks to its straps.
- Baldric for axes: They have a ring to insert the axe's handle.
- Adaptable Baldric: A kind of universal baldric, because it can be used for most of blades.
There are also some belts with bauldrics included in them.
The history of Baldric
The history of baldric dates back to Antiquity. There are some documents which show Egyptians holding daggers or tools in their belts, besides of Romans with straps where their Gladius were kept. Templar Knights held their swords attached to the belt thanks to baldrics in order to avoid carry with extra weight during long journeys.
A large number of Arabic nations used baldrics for its scimitars, however in Sahara desert sword was commonly held between the body and the belt, a kind of tradition which was usual in Asia for example, in Japan. At the Renaissance, bauldrics will become essential to hold ceremonial swords, which continues to happen currently in the army.
Nowadays, baldric is a very important piece for those who like to practise LARP, or simply take part in some a festival/recreation showing its sword.
Most of our baldrics are handcrafted in Spain, using animal skin of the highest quality. We sell baldrics from several eras. Sometimes it is difficult to find the most suitable bauldric for each sword, that's why we will try to solve your doubts if you contact us by mail, whatsapp or phone.