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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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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.
$264.95

Battlecry Agincourt War Sword

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

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.
$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.
$374.95

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.

$374.95

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

Top Customer Reviews

Review of: Windlass Classic Bastard Sword

I had wanted this sword for over 20 years, and after many times being unable to buy it (for one reason or another), the stars aligned and I was able to buy it.  Everything I wanted it to be and more, and a great addition to any collection.

Balance point is perfect, right behind the guard, so one-handed use is a cinch (for someone my size [6'5" 250lbs]).  Feels quick, sturdy, and durable.
Reviewed by: Andy, April 12, 2020

Review of: Windlass Classic Bastard Sword

I had bought this sword as a 50th birthday gift for a friend and this was the first time I opted for further customization. It was ordered with both sharpening and initials which were both available. The edge was razor sharp and the engraved initials were perfectly done. The sword and scabbard were finely crafted and I was envious of this very well received birthday gift, my friend loved it! Some day in the not too distant future I sorely wish for one of my own...
Reviewed by: Dwight, September 07, 2019

Review of: Windlass Classic Bastard Sword

Windlass hits another home run!! Now, from what I understand, this Sword is a "Re-Run" of a Sword they had produced at some point in the past and brought back into production for some time. So I thought to myself is this going to be a sword that has sat in a warehouse for 10 years?.....mmm.... Well if they have they stored them perfectly👍.  However, as good a quality as these are I seriously doubt that they have 🗡🗡👍.  Absolutely love this Sword! The grip is excellent. Excellent quality rich, black leather. Oval shaped and tapered slightly to the middle spacer, then slightly more tapered to the pommel, a (scent-stopper) style I beleive, makes for an EXCELLENT GRIP SINGLE OR TWO HANDED! On top of the pommel you can see where the thick tang of the blade has been HAMMER PEENED INTO PLACE. The crossguard is solid. Period correct. A little plain, but hey, leaves a customization option. I didn't think I would like the ricasso, I usually don't, but a little thought and you realize that it is EXCELLENT FOR HALFSWORDING (Holding the Sword like a Spear) 👍👍. Now PERSONALLY I have covered the Ricasso with thick, black leather. (Think the Braveheart Sword). But I'm a semi-pro sword customizer, with access to every material one would need, so customize at your own risk! THE BLADE ALSO IS JUST AWESOME! It is Broad and Straight, being surprisingly light. Now typically a Bastard Sword blade would be a touch longer, but this LENGTH IS JUST RIGHT!! The handling of this sword is just a touch blade heavy, but a REAL BASTARD SWORD LIKE THIS IS NOT FOR THE FAINT OF HEART in the first place. My blade came nicely sharpened, definetely sharp enough to cut Tatami Mats and water bottles, etc. However,  just like any Companies sharpening service it could always use a little touch up. The grind was EXCELLENT! Whoever sharpened mine really knew what they were doing 👍🗡⚔👍! Last thing I will say is this sword is simple yet extremely FUNCTIONAL. I consider it the "Big Brother" of my Windlass "European Sword". AAAA+++++

                                    Casey Stewart in Panama City, Florida
Reviewed by: Casey, August 30, 2019

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