Bastard medieval swords, also known as hand-and-a-half swords, are surprisingly diverse weapons. When wielded one-handed, they can be paired with a shield for extra defense. When wielded two-handed, they become brutally effective slashing or chopping weapons. It was this diversity that historically made them favorites of many swordsmen, and still attract collectors to them today.
The handle is long enough for use with two hands, but the balance is such that with enough arm strength it can be wielded with one hand at need. A long, wide blade suitable for heavy slashes also tapers to a fine point useful for getting through the chinks in an opponent’s armour, especially when one hand grips the blade at the halfway point (a technique known as “half-sword”). The graceful, curved guard and scentstopper pommel complement this attractive and practical fighter’s sword – a classic design for modern collectors.
The 15th Century Bastard sword is a fine addition for sword collectors in general, collectors of hand-and-a-half swords in particular, or for modern students of the Renaissance sword arts for use in their training.
1060 High Carbon Steel, Tempered to a Rockwell of 53 Fittings : Mild Steel Blade Thickness: 1.34 mm Total Length: 45" Blade Length : 34" POB:4" Weight: 3lbs 1 oz.
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