Bastard Swords

Bastard Swords were developed in the mid 1400's as a form of long-sword with specially shaped grips for one or two hands. These swords typically had longer handles which allowed use by one or both hands. Bastard swords are also known as Hand-and-a-half swords. The sword's hilt often had side-rings and finger rings to defend the hand, and a more slender, or tapered, narrowly pointed blade. Bastard swords continued to be used by knights and men-at-arms into the 1500's,and for a time, enjoyed the civilian side-arm role that would later be superseded by the side sword and rapier. The hilts of German bastard swords before the middle of the 16th century were basically cruciform, with long straight or curved quillions, ring guards, and one or two arms of the hilt. In some later types a more developed guard included two knuckle bows connected by a loop, all looking not unlike a basket hilt. From the early 16th century, the hilts of the Swiss bastard swords were provided with knuckle guards as well as with recurved quillions and ring guards. It was also the time when saw a new lasting form of the Swiss bastard sword, which had a slightly curved blade and an asymmetrical pommel often shaped like a bird or animal head. Bastard swords, like many later long-swords, also made use of the technique of "pummeling", in which their rounded or plum-shaped pommel is partially held in the palm of the second hand. Their method of use also differed by the addition of a "compound-hilt" of side-rings and finger-rings. These were later called finger-rings or annelets, and side-rings or anneus. The addition of these extra bars and guards developed as a result of a new method of gripping which came into use. Improved point-control for thrusting into armor openings was gained by wrapping the index finger around the cross-guard. Gripping in this manner required more protection for the exposed fingers and necessitated the development of the close or compound-hilt. Warriors were also going more and more without heavy gauntlets and these newer hilts offered greater hand protection, particularly against intensifying attacks by thrust. The close-hilt offered superior defense and was used on many bastard-swords, some long-swords and even two-handers. Our Bastard swords can be used for display or for battle re-enactments, each reproduction is created to the specifications of the original. The dimensions and weight are accurate on every piece so you get a medieval weapon that is actually balanced and fun to hold instead of just pretty to look at. Medieval times were sometimes brutal, sometimes romantic, but always a source of intrigue. Medieval Collectibles invites you to share in the experience of an era past with our collection of Bastard swords. All our Bastard Swords are expertly hand-crafted and authentic replicas! You can display them in your office, home or for Medieval Reenactments.
Bastard Sword
Bastard Sword

Item #: SH2250

The Swiss and Germans originally carried these weapons, although Bastard swords soon became popular in other regions such as the British Isles and Europe.

Price: $340.00
Bastard Sword
Bastard Sword

Item #: 501510

Brought back by popular demand, the Bastard Sword is a Windlass Classic blade. This massive broad sword could have easily been used at the Battle of Bosworth Field in 1485, cutting and slashing its way through the Tudor ranks.

Price: $245.00
Chateauneuf-De-Randon Bastard Sword
Chateauneuf-De-Randon Bastard Sword

Item #: 501230

In 1380 Bertrand Du Guesclin, called the Eagle of Brittany mustered a large irregular force and went to Chateauneuf-De-Randon . It is for that tenacious old generals last battle that we have named this beautiful bastard sword.

Price: $375.00
Coffin Pommel Bastard Sword
Coffin Pommel Bastard Sword

Item #: ZS-901137

One of the greatest parts of collecting weaponry is marveling at all of the different designs that have been used throughout the ages. This Coffin Pommel Bastard Sword features clean lines and a sleek look that is difficult to beat.

Price: $95.90
On Sale For: $86.31
Cruciform Bastard Sword
Cruciform Bastard Sword

Item #: AH-3414

Easy to make and highly effective, it is not hard to see why swords of the cruciform shape were a mainstay of many early medieval armies. This Cruciform Bastard Sword echoes the shape for warriors who prefer a larger sword.

Price: $187.00
German Bastard Sword
German Bastard Sword

Item #: 500792

This sword is a replica of number A477 from the famed Wallace Collection. This bastard sword is primarily a cutting sword, with a wide blade that has a flattened oval cross section that gives very little resistance in a cutting blow.

Price: $215.00
Gothic Bastard Sword
Gothic Bastard Sword

Item #: AH-3370

The bastard sword, also known as the hand and a half sword, was an effective weapon of the medieval ages, and this Gothic Bastard Sword is no different, featuring the same design infused with a bit of gothic design for style.

Price: $187.00
Gothic Cross Bastard Sword
Gothic Cross Bastard Sword

Item #: AH-6976R

The hand and half sword, also known as a bastard sword, is one of the most iconic swords of the Middle Ages. This Gothic Cross Bastard Sword adds a dark touch to this classic blade, making it a great addition to your medieval weapons.

Price: $208.00
Late Medieval Marquis Sword
Late Medieval Marquis Sword

Item #: DS-2201

Inspired by French and German medieval sword designs, the Late Medieval Marquis Sword is a 15th century bastard sword, reflecting the style of the late medieval period. The guard is decorated with a floral French motif.

Price: $275.00
Late Medieval Marquis Sword
Late Medieval Marquis Sword

Item #: DS-2201B

Inspired by French and German medieval sword designs, the Late Medieval Marquis Sword is a 15th century bastard sword, reflecting the style of the late medieval period. The guard is decorated with a floral French motif.

Price: $355.00
Medieval Knight Bastard Sword
Medieval Knight Bastard Sword

Item #: ZS-901139

Medieval warriors did not always own extravagant weapons festooned with jewels and engravings. On the battlefield, a soldier of the Middle Ages likely would have fought with a weapon resembling this Medieval Knight Bastard Sword.

Price: $95.90
On Sale For: $86.31
Practical Bastard Sword
Practical Bastard Sword

Item #: SH2428

If you enjoy playing different reenactment characters, you need a sword that is versatile to fit any persona. The Practical Bastard Sword is an easily adaptable sword for whatever medieval knight, soldier, or civilian role you choose.

Price: $350.00
Replacement Blade For Tinker Bastard Blunt Sword
Replacement Blade For Tinker Bastard Blunt Sword

Item #: OH2403

Each replacement blade is forged from 5160 Spring Steel, quenched to the desired hardness of 50-53 Hrc while the tang is drawn back to the low 30s Hrc. The replacement blade is designed to work with the Tinker Bastard sword only.

Price: $150.00
Replacement Blade for Tinker Sharp Bastard Sword
Replacement Blade for Tinker Sharp Bastard Sword

Item #: OH2402

The blade is a crucial part of any sword, which makes the Replacement Blade for Tinker Sharp Bastard Sword a great option to increase the longevity of your sword. Consider this option in place of buying a new sword.

Price: $160.00
Replacement Blade for Tinker Sharp Bastard Sword with Fuller
Replacement Blade for Tinker Sharp Bastard Sword with Fuller

Item #: OH2412

The blade is a crucial part of any sword, which makes the Replacement Blade for Tinker Sharp Bastard Sword with Fuller a great option to increase the longevity of your sword. Consider this option in place of buying a new sword.

Price: $170.00
Stainless Steel Medieval Bastard Sword
Stainless Steel Medieval Bastard Sword

Item #: ZS-901138

A great display sword will add authenticity to your collection of weaponry or your outfit, if you are taking on a certain persona. This Stainless Steel Medieval Bastard Sword will look wonderful wherever you choose to exhibit it.

Price: $95.90
On Sale For: $86.31
Tinker Pearce Sharp Bastard Sword
Tinker Pearce Sharp Bastard Sword

Item #: SH2400

This Tinker Pearce Sharp Bastard Sword is based on the Oakeshott Type XVIIIA and is designed to perform identically in the hand to the blunt version. The sharp blade is diamond-sectioned throughout its length.

Price: $325.00
Tinker Pearce Sharp Bastard Sword with Fuller
Tinker Pearce Sharp Bastard Sword with Fuller

Item #: SH2411

The Tinker Pearce Sharp Bastard Sword with Fuller with is an Oakeshott Type XVIIA piece. The sharp blade is diamond-sectioned throughout its length and fullered for about one third of its length.

Price: $335.00
Twisted Hilt Bastard Sword
Twisted Hilt Bastard Sword

Item #: AH-3401

A hand and a half sword of this size is something to be respected, and maybe even feared. The Twisted Hilt Bastard Sword is an impressive weapon that, in its prime, would have been a solid offense and defense for any warrior to wield.

Price: $187.00