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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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Bastard Sword

#501510
This sword exhibits a wide blade that is forged of 1065 high carbon steel. Pommel and cross guard feature darkened, aged finish. Black leather-wrapped handle. Overall length of 44-3/4 inches.
$244.95

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

Raptor Sword

#501090
This curved fantasy sword comes with a blade crafted of 1065 high carbon steel. Steel contoured parts and wood & leather grip, and claw-shaped pommel. Overall length of 41-1/4 inches.
$214.95

Sword of Homildon Hill

#501239
This historical sword features a blade that is made of well-tempered 1065 high carbon steel. Features black cord-wrapped wooden grip and detailed parts with dark bronze finish. Leather-wrapped scabbard included. Overall length of 43-1/2 inches.
$259.95

The 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

The 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

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

Durandal the Sword of Roland

#501511
This mythical medieval sword has a wide, hand-forged, high-carbon steel blade. The cross guard, grip band and pommel are silver plated. Red leather wrapped grip. Matching scabbard included. Overall 40-3/4"
$424.95

Top Customer Reviews

Review of: Blacksword

This sword is definitely a perfect balance of speed, power, strength, and durability.  I definitely love it because it allowed me to decorate the sword into my own design and it's definitely combat ready.  The blade itself is very strong and it doesn't rust easily due to the black finish.
Reviewed by: Devon, March 25, 2018

Review of: Raptor Sword

I bloody love this sword. I love how it looks both intimidating
Reviewed by: Scott, January 22, 2018

Review of: Agincourt War Sword

Once again MRL comes through with another impressive product. I now own all but the Maldon Viking sword of the Battlecry sword series, each one unique and equally impressive in their own right. This is the shortest sword I have seen in a while but it fills a gap between arming sword and longsword. Buy this sword and you wont regret it. Especially with the 15% discount for Christmas.
Reviewed by: Chris, December 19, 2017

Review of: The Father’s Sword

Really impressive, lived up to all expectations.
Reviewed by: Kevin, December 15, 2017

Review of: Blacksword

A+
Reviewed by: William, June 04, 2017

Review of: Sword of Homildon Hill

I waited and waited for this sword and 2 months later I finally got it. And let me tell you it was worth the wait. I hated that it was back ordered and for one of my first swords to own my self I was really happy with it. Described perfectly so no surprises other than one issue. The blade was suppose to be sharpened and it was but my definition and their definition of sharp may be different. But it did have an edge, which I was thankful for because I sharpened it and it cuts beautifully. It has decent weight to it making it cleave through anything you want just about. The steel is great quality steel that is assured. It hit some concrete on accident and I thought the tip was gone. Rolled the edge on the tip and fix in seconds. I have been really impressed with this sword and look forward to buying more like this.
Reviewed by: Jacob, February 27, 2017

Review of: The Atlantean Sword

I just got My Atlantean Sword yesterday. I Love it!!!!! It is PERFECT! If You Love Conan as much as I do, You'll Love it.  I recomend this Sword Highly!!!
Reviewed by: Paul, February 01, 2017

Review of: Sword of Homildon Hill

This is my eleventh blade purchase from Windlass Steel/Museum Replicas, and I bought it as a "Deal of the Day," sharpened, as usual.  It is a handsome and sturdy weapon.  I would give it 4.5 stars because of two minor issues, but can comfortably rate it at 5.0.  As a rule I try to avoid cord or wire wrapped sword hilts because when they come loose, and they will, it's a devil of a time rewrapping and stabilizing the grip.  The threaded (?) pommel is a bit loose and looks to be difficult to repair for fear of unstringing the cord wrap.  It might more properly be called a two handed sword, because I can easily grip it with both hands, and without using a "golfer's grip."  The sword and scabbard description says that the furniture has a dark, antique finish, and this is certainly the case.  The photo image is brightly lit and gives the impression that the blade and scabbard are of a lighter bronze and oxblood brown.  The blade handles well without any noticeable "whippiness" - wave any piece of long steel vigorously and you can set up a feedback resonance - and the engraving is excellent.  I give the Sword of Homildon Hill five stars, because it is exactly what Windlass Steels/Museum Replicas advertised, and what I expected after more than decade of purchases.
Reviewed by: Allen, January 01, 2017

Review of: The Father’s Sword

I have wanted this sword since I was 11 or 12 years old when posters of the first movie started coming out and the Father's Sword was incorporated as a part of the logo. The novelazation of the script by Lin Carter and L Sprauge DeCamp with details on the sword's construction whetted my appetite before the movie came out. For years the swords were simply not available. The versions made by Albion were ridiculously expensive and the high-end versions by Marto may have looked nice, but were overpriced wall-hangers at best.

Thankfully, Windlass Steelcrafts and Museum Replicas came to the rescue. This sword completely exceeded my expectations in look, feel and execution.

I always order them sharp and whomever sharpened it did an outstanding job with a hair-popping edge. Packaging was perfect to protect the sword in shipping.

The only downsides are there is no display case/box/hanger or a scabbard. It would be nice for MR to offer these in the future, but I can make my own if need be.

Thank you, Museum Replicas and Windlass for making this outstanding piece and going above and beyond with regard to customer service. You will continue to see my business for many years.
Reviewed by: Mike, December 08, 2016

Review of: Agincourt War Sword

Okay...I will admit that I had some reservations about the sword.  The whole tactical black/"battle worn" look is generally the sign of bad swords.  And Clements showing off these swords in the videos is...umm...yeah no.  I know he knows better then what he did in those, so it looks very much like he sold out.  And truth be told, for a hand and a half sword, the blade while not entirely historically inaccurate, it is typically longer by at least 2 inches.  Despite all that, the sword stats looked decent and I had a coupon so why not...and I am glad I did.  The edge is pretty good appleseed edge out of the box...which for a budget sword is almost unheard of.  The weight and balance of the sword feels pretty good for this type of sword, which a few other windlass swords have...but this is the first windlass sword to feel alive in my hands.  My dislike of Clements aside...the man does know his swords and this wasn't him selling out.  It is a very well designed and well made sword for this price.  Definitely worth the price.
Reviewed by: , October 13, 2016