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The historical original of this one-and-a-half-handed sword has been dated between the middle and the end of the 14th century. It was found in Lake Constance, at the border triangle between Austria, Germany and Switzerland, and can be seen in the Royal Armouries Collection (object number IX.1106). Knightly swords like this one saw service throughout Europe in the second half of the 14th century. They were used in battles such as Sempach in 1386.
This bastard sword has a stiff, tapered, double-edged blade with a sharp point, and a one-and-a-half-handed hilt that can be wielded one-handed or two-handed. The blade has a simple, flattened, diamond-shaped cross-section, whereas the imposing, large wheel pommel has a complex and subtle design.
This type of sword was probably used by armoured men and knights, usually one-handed on horseback or two-handed on foot. This sword seems to be entirely specialised for armoured combat and half-wielding (gripping the blade with one hand) due to the notable stiffness and mass of the blade. The edge geometry was quite obtuse, but the blade had a lot of presence in the strike. Equally, the weighty pommel could be used with good effect to strike in close combat.
.This replica is crafted with a hand-forged blade by a skilled blacksmith using modern 1080 high-carbon steel that is fully tempered and distally tapered for proper weight distribution.
The scabbard is made with a wooden core and covered with leather. The tip is reinforced with a brass chape that features a traditional cut-out. At the throat, the leather extends upward and covers part of the guard at the ricasso.
Includes a certificate of authenticity and a polishing cloth.
- Material: 1080 carbon steel
- Overall length: approx. 111.8 cm
- Blade length: approx. 86.36 cm
- Weight: approx. 1.81 kg
- Incl. leather scabbard
- Manufacturer's product no.: 501832
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