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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 other traditional swords of the period – the bastard sword and the war-sword. 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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Rhinelander Bastard Sword

#501770
A worthy example of late 15th-century central European cut-and-thrust swords, the Rhinelander Bastard sword has a 5160 high-carbon steel blade. Made by Hanwei.
$246.95

Hanwei / Tinker Sharp Bastard Sword with Fuller

#501762
This sharpened Hanwei / Tinker Longsword is based on the Oakeshott Type XVIIIA and has a fuller for about one-third of its length.
$239.95

Hanwei / Tinker Sharp Bastard Sword

#501758
Designed by Michael "Tinker" Pearce, the sharpened Hanwei / Tinker Longsword is based on the Oakeshott Type XVIIIA.
$232.95

Bastard Sword by Paul Chen / Hanwei

#501732
Hand and a half sword based on the Oakeshott Type XVIIIA. The blade is 5160 high carbon steel.
$243.95

Windlass Classic Bastard Sword

#501510
This hand and half sword can easily accommodate two hands. Large, but amazingly light and well balanced, this sword has a darkened steel pommel and crossguard. The 1065 high carbon steel blade arrives sharpened from the factory.
$294.95

Battlecry Agincourt War Sword

#501506
This hand-and-half sword has a sharpened, darkened 1065 high carbon steel blade with an extra-wide tang. Includes a leather belt frog and scabbard with belt stop. Overall 39 inches.
$314.95

Conan Valeria’s Sword

#884018
This sword has an elaborate guard and pommel with a 1085 high carbon steel blade tempered to 52 HRC for strength. Comes with Certificate of Authenticity. Overall length of 38 inches.
$269.95

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. Comes factory sharp.
$424.95

Top Customer Reviews

Review of: Hanwei / Tinker Sharp Bastard Sword with Fuller

I guess I was just disappointed that the sword was not made be Museum Replicas the "China" label was disheartening.

I have made at least 2 purchases, maybe 3 from United Cutlery as well as Museum Replicas and always had faith in the quality. This time.......not so much. Loved the sword not the production label considering paying the price over 200.00 dollars.
Reviewed by: Paul, June 27, 2021

Review of: Hanwei / Tinker Sharp Bastard Sword with Fuller

Awesome sword. Well balanced. Decently sharp.
Reviewed by: Gary, November 16, 2020

Review of: Hanwei / Tinker Sharp Bastard Sword with Fuller

this sword is extremely lightweight and just overall great
Reviewed by: Master, October 08, 2020

Review of: Windlass Classic Bastard Sword

Absolutely love this sword!  Great quality and a nice price.  I got it sharpened and initialized.  Looks great!
Reviewed by: Tony, July 22, 2019

Review of: Windlass Classic Bastard Sword

Great sword. This is probably my tenth sword I’ve purchased from MR and again very pleased. Sword came perfectly wrapped and protected. Sword perfectly sharpened and fits in sheath like it should. Well balanced either using one hand or two. Very much recommend to anyone who wants a great sword.
Reviewed by: Steven, May 25, 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: 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

Review of: Windlass Classic Bastard Sword

The only thing I can think of is totally wonderful sword. Could not have been happier!
Reviewed by: Michael, June 23, 2016