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Hand and Half Swords

The term hand-and-a-half is more of modern designation for a range of sword types that featured tapered blades longer than the common shorter arming swords of the time but without the double-hand grips of larger heavier war-swords. Many different swords fall into this category and many of them are as maneuverable as they are surprisingly sturdy.

Hand and half swords roughly fall into two categories. The first category tend to have approximately six inch grips with the blades generally between 34 and 36 inches. The second category are known as “bastard” swords with grips around 5 inches or so, and blades from 30 to 34 inches long. Both are light enough to use easily one handed, but allowed for two handed use by gripping the base of the pommel. Blade shapes varied to the changes from the mail to full plate armor, but were of a size where they could still be used for mounted combat.

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