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used by knights and men-at-arms into the 1500's,and for a time, enjoyed the civilian side-arm role that would later be superceded by the side sword and rapier.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... 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.
The Swiss and Germans originally carried these weapons, although Bastard swords soon became popular in other regions such as the British Isles and Europe.
This sword is a replica of number A477 from the famed Wallace Collection. Primarily a cutting sword, with a wide blade that has a flattened oval cross section that gives very little resistance in a cutting blow. A perfect example of a true bastard sword.
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.
A Bastard Sword like this one is typically viewed as a combination of a longsword and a claymore, featuring a blade considered narrow when compared to a claymore and a blade considered as long and heavy when compared to a traditional longsword.
In 1380 Bertrand Du Guesclin, called the 'Eagle of Brittany' mustered a large irregular force and drove Chateauneuf-De-Randon . It is for that tenacious old general's last battle that we have named this beautiful bastard sword.
By customer request we have produced a re-enactment version of our SH2250 Bastard sword. The blade is forged in 5160 high-carbon steel, to minimize burring, and the transverse thickness of the guard has been increased.
Like the longswords, these Bastard swords are based on the Oakeshott Type XVIIIA and are designed so that both the sharp and blunt versions will perform identically in the hand, offering the possiblity of sparring and cutting with swords.
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.
The bastard sword, also known as the hand and a half sword, was an effective and efficient weapon of the medieval ages, and this Gothic Bastard Sword is no different, featuring the same effective design infused with a bit of gothic design for style.
Each replacement blade is forged from 5160 Spring Steel, Marquenched 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.
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.
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.
Easy to make and highly effective in use, 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 in a larger size, for warriors who prefer a larger sword.
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 impressively sized weapon that, in its prime, would have been a solid offense and defense for any warrior to wield.