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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

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: 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: 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

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