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Gothic Bastard Sword
Also called the Hand and a Half Sword. The Bastard Sword was a European sword used primarily in the late 14th and the 15th centuries. The Bastard Sword is a long, straight bladed weapon. While the blade could be used for thrusting, most often the wielder would swing it like a baseball bat. Ordinarily the weapon could be wielded with one hand, but the grip was long enough to accommodate a two-handed grip when necessary. The blade length was rarely much longer than that of a simple longsword, but because the weapon could be used with two hands (although there was really just enough room on most grips for about one and a half hands), it really couldn't be categorized as either a one or two handed weapon, making it a bastard as far as swords go. Interestingly, the executioner's sword of the 16th century developed from the Bastard Sword design. This Gothic Bastard Sword has an extremely firm grip - half of it being a classic wire wrap, the other half being stylish cord risers - stunning! When wielded with both hands, the pommel is also just the right size to fit into the palm, so the weapon can be wielded smoothly and confidently. This sword is breathtaking: a superb martial work of art!
Excellent cutting blade - will slice through all regular test cutting mediums with great ease - such as bamboo, water bottles, Japanese mats, pumpkins, and so forth. We tested this blade on tough (solid) banana tree logs, which it cut in twain with one stroke.
Weight: 1.388 Kilos
Overall Length: 112 cm
Blade Length: 91 cm
Grip Length: 11.2 cm
Profile Taper: 4 cm at hilt, tapering steadily
Guard width: 24 cm
A Functional Battlefield Quality Weapon
This is not a mass-produced blade stamped out of sheet metal, it's 100% guaranteed hand forged. The blade is shaped and delicately curved; created with time honoured classic sword making ingredients: hammer, anvil, fire and sweat - traditionally fired, shaped and polished by skilled artisans. This sword doesn’t just look good in the photo – it will actually look and feel good in your hand. The serious collector should aim for no less than hand-forged blades. Factory-made blades are commonplace, but useless for combat. Even blades factory-produced from 5160 steel are often riddled with slag inclusions. In March 2009, a noted Australian sword expert dismantled and tested one of our standard eBay swords. He wrote: “I was very impressed with its flex- it almost bends to 90 degrees and snaps back without deforming.”
This sword has been professionally sharpened.
Tang is a word of Old Norse origin, meaning a sharp point, tongue, or prong. The tang is an extension of the blade that you don't see because it is hidden underneath the handle. Most swords, if they are of any quality, should already have a full tang and it doesn't need to be advertised. It's something to expect. Nevertheless, we do feel a need to differentiate this item, as 95% of swords on the net are either rat-tails or quarter tangs. Such movie/fantasy pseudo-swords are strictly for decoration only, as the much needed support in the handle is missing. They might look pretty on a wall, but they will slowly (or very quickly) come apart if used in simulated combat.
A quarter or half tang means that the blade is partially imbedded into the hilt and does not form a connection with the pommel. It is more difficult and expensive to create a full tang, as the handle and guard have to be manufactured around each individual sword. The most common modern tang fitting, is the rat-tail. It's aptly named, as this tang has something like the length and thickness of a rat’s tail. Rat-tails are long inner threads which run the length of the handle. They screw into a pommel cap and are spot welded to the end of the blade. If a pommel can be unscrewed, this does not always mean it’s on a rat-tail – but it usually is. Almost all swords made in the People’s Republic of China (the ones most frequently seen on the internet) have a cheap rat-tail. Such tangs create a weak-point in the sword, focusing all of the force onto a tiny little weld.
Supplied with a leather-clad scabbard.
Super-High Carbon Steel
We use a traditional bellows-driven charcoal forge to heat the steel, carefully purifying and carburizing each blade, hammering it into shape and then tempering it to perfection. The end result of these efforts is "Living Steel" - a super-high carbon steel blade (typically about one percent carbon) that is exceptionally flexible, very strong, and has the potential to hold an exceptionally sharp edge.
The blade’s steel is not inappropriately shiny with a mirror finish, but has the authentic bright-gray subdued sheen favoured by enthusiasts.
We don’t have the expense of a shop front, so consequently we are able to sell top grade items at very reasonable (wholesale level) prices.
Clear Pricing Policy
We do not mix ridiculously low prices with extortionate “postage”. The price you see is the price you pay – delivered to your door (Australia). Our international air mail fee is less than US$45.00 (below cost) with further 50% reductions for multiple purchases.
No Fuss Returns Policy
If you are less than delighted with your purchase, return it to us within seven days, and we will furnish you with a full refund – no questions asked. If the sword arrives damaged, return it to us within seven days, and we will send you another.