That Hellbent Logo

The Iron Cross

 

We often get asked ‘What’s with the logo?’  Hot-Rodders and Bikers use the cross for many reasons:

To symbolise the new ‘knights of the road’ or ‘warriors of the road’

As a tribute to lost souls

As a symbol of honour which it represents wherever it is displayed

Or simply as a gesture of rebellion and non-conformity

Origins

The Maltese Cross, also known as the Amalfi Cross, is identified as the symbol of an order of Christian warriors known as the Knights Hospitaller or Knights of Malta and came to be one of the national symbols of Malta.  The 8 points represent the 8 points of courage.

And The History...

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The Maltese Cross

The Maltese Cross, also known as the Amalfi Cross, is identified as the symbol of an order of Christian warriors known as the Knights Hospitaller or Knights of Malta and came to be one of the national symbols of Malta.  The 8 points represent the 8 points of courage.

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The Black Cross

Around 1200, the kingdom of Jerusalem granted the Teutonic  Knights  permission to combine their cross with a silver version of the Cross of Jerusalem or Crusaders Cross

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The Crusaders Cross

With the combination of  the two, the Iron Cross (also known as the Cross Pattée meaning literally "footed cross") was born, which had arms narrow at the centre, and broader at the perimeter

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The Iron Cross

The Iron Cross had an honourable beginning with the Prussians during the War of Liberation against Napoleon. It was awarded without regard for status for acts of heroism & bravery.  It was later used as a military decoration by Germany & then, notoriously, the Third Reich.  It is, of course, a Christian symbol representing the death of Jesus on the Cross.  The irony is that the neo-Nazis/white supremacists appear to use the symbol ignoring the connection with Jesus the Jew...

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Imperial State Crown

The Imperial State Crown is one of the Crown Jewels of the UK and includes a base of four Cross Pattée alternating with four fleurs-de-lis.  Another early English example of the use of the Iron Cross/Cross Pattée from the start of the age of heraldry proper (about 1200), is found in the arms of Baron Berkeley whose motto was: "By virtue not force"

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Finally culminating in.... Hellbent Engineering Limited's most up to date logo - last re-designed in 2013 for the company's incorporation

Logan chose the logo to represent his passion for hotrods and drag racing alone.  Any sinister connotations are not intended.  If iron crosses are good enough for the Queen of England, they are good enough for Hellbent Engineering.  Since the business began we have had several tweaks to our logo, the most recent being in July 2013.  Bit more subtle we thought...