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Hand and Half Swords

The term hand-and-a-half is more a modern designation for a range of sword types that featured tapered blades longer than the standard 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-a-half swords roughly fall into two categories. The first tends to have approximately six-inch grips with the blades generally between 34–36 inches. The second type is known as “bastard” swords with grips around five inches or so, and blades 30–34 inches long. Both are light enough to use one handed but allow 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 remained of a size that made them effective from horseback. 

Museum Replicas houses a collection of hand-and-a-half swords which includes arguably the most famous of all medieval blades – the longsword. We also offer two other traditional swords of the period – the bastard sword (English and German versions) and the war-sword. Then there is the Sword of Homildon Hill which is a nod to the English–Scottish Wars of the 15th century. The fantasy element in the collection is represented by licensed replicas of the film Conan the Barbarian (1982) and a stunning reproduction of the paladin Roland’s Durandal. Just like our other swords, Museum Replicas’ hand-and-a-half swords are aesthetically pleasing and works of excellent craftsmanship. Check them out now! 

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Blacksword

#501176
This fantasy war sword has a blued, fully tempered 1065 high carbon steel blade, leather-wrapped wooden grip and black parts. Comes with scabbard. Overall length of 42 inches.
$234.95

Conan Father’s Sword

#884017
This sword has a blade hand forged of 1085 high carbon steel and tempered to 52 HRC for strength. Features intricate details on the blade, guard and pommel. Comes with Certificate of Authenticity. Overall length of 38-1/2 inches.
$324.95

Conan Valeria’s Sword

#884018
This sword features a blade made of 1085 high carbon steel and tempered to 52 HRC for strength. Exhibits elaborate guard and pommel. Comes with Certificate of Authenticity. Overall length of 38 inches.
$224.95

Windlass Classic Bastard Sword

#501510
This hand and half sword can easily accommodate two hands. Large, but amazingly light and well balanced, this high carbon steel sword has a darkened pommel and cross guard.
$244.95

Battlecry Agincourt War Sword

#501506
This hand-and-half sword has a pre-sharpened, blued 1065 high carbon steel blade with an extra wide tang. Includes a matching scabbard with belt stop. Overall 39 inches.
$264.95 $350.00

Conan Atlantean Sword

#884016
This fantasy replica sword has been hand-forged from 1085 high carbon steel and tempered to 52 HRC. Intricate details on hilt and deep runes on the blade. Overall 38-7/8 inches.
$324.95

Top Customer Reviews

Review of: Conan Atlantean Sword

Mine just came today its awsome!! Ive been looking for this sword for a long time i know theres alot of cheap fakes out there. This sword looks awsome its heavy and very detailed only complaint is the so called deep ruines they are basically a sticker but other then that its a well made sword. This is my first sword ive ever bought and im very happy with the purchase and for the price it was worth it. If i ever do buy another sword ill defenitly buy it from here
Reviewed by: Kenneth, April 29, 2019

Review of: Blacksword

I've had my eye on this sword for quite some time and finally decided to treat myself.  I've collected about a dozen different swords from MR and have had excellent service and experience.  This new sword has exceeded my expectations.  It's beautiful....absolutely stunning.  I ordered it sharpened and it is really sharp.  One would need to exercise caution in handling it but that's the way I would want it.  I love the finish on it.  Great feel, great weight, powerful, and impressive.  This will certainly become one of my favorites in the growing collection.  Highly recommended.
Reviewed by: Michael, April 03, 2019

Review of: Windlass Classic Bastard Sword

I've owned this sword for over a year and a half now, and I have put it through the wringer through rain,ice,snow etc.  I gotta say I love the weight, it reminds me of a cold steel maa grosse messer when It comes to its weight,durability,and cutting abilities. You should be able to use this sword like a cold steel maa grosse messer. I have personally Cut,thrust,chop heavy wood targets, countless medium and soft targets  and used this sword as somewhat of a fancy "beater" but it refuses to compromise its integrity. Fittings still tight, blade has held edge with only having to resharpen once in a year and a half.no chips on blade, nothing. Minimal, and I mean minimal Oil and wax have kept the entire piece pitt mark,and rust free. I've had this sword out in the rain for many hours of many days, abusing it as hard as reason will allow me, and the sword looks as if it's only been hanging on the wall the entire time. Definitely recommend it at the price
Reviewed by: Nicholas, February 07, 2019

Review of: Windlass Classic Bastard Sword

I've owned this sword for over a year and a half now, and I have put it through the wringer through rain,ice,snow etc.  Ingotta say I love the weight, it reminds me of a cold steel maa grosse messer when It comes to its weight,durability,and  slashing abilities. You should be able to use this sword like a cold steel maa grosse messer. I have personally Cut,thrust,chop heavy wood targets, countless medium and soft targets  and used this sword as somewhat of a fancy "beater" but it refuses to compromise its integrity. It just wont die. Fittings still tight, blade has held edge with only having to resharpen once in a year and a half.no chips on blade, nothing. Minimal, and I mean minimal Oil and wax have kept the entire piece pitt mark,and rust free. I've had this sword out in the rain for many hours of many days, abusing it as hard as reason will allow me, and the sword looks as if it's only been hanging on the wall the entire time. Definitely recommend it at the price.
Reviewed by: Nicholas, February 07, 2019

Review of: Conan Atlantean Sword

Awesome sword. The detail in the casings is superb, and the bronze finish was done very well. See my review of the fathers sword about the etching as they appear to be done the same. I ordered it sharpened and it was done very well, extremely sharp with nice clean lines. And while this sword weighs more than the fathers sword it is better balanced and feels a little more lively in the hand. Fitment is great, everything is tight and secure.
Reviewed by: Brian, January 24, 2019

Review of: Conan Atlantean Sword

I have been doing a lot of research on a few of these Conan swords.  From what I have found, this is the one you want to get.  It has a carbon steel blade and a full tang grip.  There is a threaded rat tail that holds on the pommel.  This is not the most useful sword as it was created for a fantasy movie and not designed as a historically used tool.
That being said, this is hardly the maker's fault.
This is a heavy sword.  Overall, if you love the movie as much as I do and you want a licensed copy of this sword without breaking the bank, this is the best example of Conan's sword for the money.
Reviewed by: Kenneth, November 25, 2018

Review of: Conan Father’s Sword

I have always been a really big fan of the Conan movies and have dreamed of having the swords from the movies.  This one is really nice, not just for the price, but a really nice sword.  The lettering is etched in the the blade and it feels solid.  I am not going to defend against any barbarian hordes but I fits the bill on my game room wall.
Reviewed by: Kenneth, November 01, 2018

Review of: Blacksword

Lovely blade, good feel and looks great. Bought it for my brother in law, looking forward to seeing his face!
Reviewed by: David, September 16, 2018

Review of: Windlass Classic Bastard Sword

I was pleasantly surprised when I opened the box (Which was bent. Thanks UPS...) The fittings were nice and brightly polished rather then the antiqued finish shown in the pictures. It does seem a bit heavy for exclusive one handed use but, the pommel fits very comfortably in the hand for two handed use. Plus, the added bonus of the ricasso for this purpose as well if one chooses. Overall, a very nice sword for the money!
Reviewed by: Shaun, August 01, 2018

Review of: Windlass Classic Bastard Sword

A very pretty sword and a good cutter.  She's a little heavy but this only pulls her forward into a cut.  A very impressive sword for a Faire or other event.  I had been eyeing this one for years before pulling the trigger and am not disappointed.
Reviewed by: Peter, July 31, 2018