Bastard Swords were developed in the mid 1400's as a form of long-sword with specially shaped grips for one or two hands. These swords typically had longer handles which allowed use by one or both hands. Bastard swords are also known as Hand-and-a-half swords. The sword's hilt often had side-rings and finger rings to defend the hand, and a more slender, or tapered, narrowly pointed blade. Bastard swords continued to be used by knights and men-at-arms into the 1500's,and for a time, enjoyed the civilian side-arm role that would later be superseded by the side sword and rapier. The hilts of German bastard swords before the middle of the 16th century were basically cruciform, with long straight or curved quillons, ring guards, and one or two arms of the hilt. In some later types a more developed guard included two knuckle bows connected by a loop, all looking not unlike a basket hilt. From the early 16th century, the hilts of the Swiss bastard swords were provided with knuckle guards as well as with recurved quillons and ring guards. It was also the time when saw a new lasting form of the Swiss bastard sword, which had a slightly curved blade and an asymmetrical pommel often shaped like a bird or animal head. Bastard swords, like many later long-swords, also made use of the technique of "pummeling", in which their rounded or plum-shaped pommel is partially held in the palm of the second hand. Their method of use also differed by the addition of a "compound-hilt" of side-rings and finger-rings. These were later called finger-rings or annelets, and side-rings or anneus. The addition of these extra bars and guards developed as a result of a new method of gripping which came into use. Improved point-control for thrusting into armor openings was gained by wrapping the index finger around the cross-guard. Gripping in this manner required more protection for the exposed fingers and necessitated the development of the close or compound-hilt. Warriors were also going more and more without heavy gauntlets and these newer hilts offered greater hand protection, particularly against intensifying attacks by thrust. The close-hilt offered superior defense and was used on many bastard-swords, some long-swords and even two-handers. Our Bastard swords can be used for display or for battle re-enactments, each reproduction is created to the specifications of the original. The dimensions and weight are accurate on every piece so you get a medieval weapon that is actually balanced and fun to hold instead of just pretty to look at. Medieval times were sometimes brutal, sometimes romantic, but always a source of intrigue. We invite you to share in the experience of an era past with our collection of Bastard swords. All our Bastard Swords are expertly hand-crafted and authentic replicas! You can display them in your office, home or for Medieval Reenactments.
Brought back by popular demand, the Bastard Sword is a Windlass Classic blade. This massive broad sword could have easily been used at the Battle of Bosworth Field in 1485, cutting and slashing its way through the Tudor ranks.
The prophet Solomon appears in many stories and is a central figure to the origination of a slew of religious tales. Our Black King Solomon Sword is inspired by the weapon he carried and includes a plaque for display.
Inspired by Edward, the Black Prince of Wales and Aquitaine, this beautiful decorative blade features Celtic inspired etching and a golden tone hilt embellished with the shield of the prince and the motto of the Order of the Garter.
Drawing inspiration from Prince Edward of Woodstock, the Black Prince Sword with Sheath is an ornate take on historic weaponry. His shield and the motto of the Order of the Garter, of which he was a part of, decorate the sword.
Few swords can claim to be as fit for a king as a sword of King Solomon. Rich in its ornamentation, the Black Sword of King Solomon is a regal blade that commands nothing less than the great respect that is deserved by a great ruler.
The vastly skilled sword masters from Marto have made this faithful and exclusive reproduction of the fantastic Fathers Sword in bronze. It was the very sword with which Conan the Barbarian learned some of the most basic combat skills.
Designed for authenticity and durability, the Champion Stage Combat Sword can withstand edge to edge contact to complete your performance with confidence and look great doing so. This stage sword may be wielded with one or two hands.
The Charles V Sword by Marto is a replica of the sword of Charles V (a.k.a. Carlos V), who is widely regarded as the first king of Spain, given that it was under his rule that the domains of Castile and Aragorn were united
The Crusader sword is one of the more easily recognizable swords, once you are close enough to see the cross on its wheel pommel. This Classic Crusader Sword offers a realistic option to finish off your medieval ensemble or display.
As swords evolved from the Middle Ages to the High and Late Middle Ages, they became longer and stronger. This Classic Medieval Long Sword, for instance, is an example of a Late Middle Age sword, made for use with one or two hands.
A few unique touches are enough to make this Cluny Hand and a Half Sword into a unique medieval arm, one that is not only appealing to look at, but also a fine blade that any warrior would want to carry as their weapon of choice.