What exactly is a bastard sword, its various types and other useful information.
Even though there are several ways in which a sword is classified, the handedness is one of the most important method. Based on handedness, swords can be classified as wither one handed, two handed or hand and a half swords which are also referred to as the "Bastard Swords".
In a more detailed sense, hand and half swords also have two major types. The first variation has a six inch grip and a blade length of 34 -36 inches. The second variation that have 5 inch grips with blade length in between 30-33 inches are commonly referred to as the bastard swords.
Bastard Swords can be brought in a number of flavours - See bastard sword store
Unlike it's other counterparts a bastard sword can be used to fight with both hands or a single hand as required by gripping the pommel in most cases.
There are several names by which a hand a half sword is referred to some of which are:
- Hand & half sword
- Bastard Sword
- épée bâtarde (French)
- langes schwert (German)
The first bastard length swords were produced in the first half of 16th century in europe mostly in the present day countries of Switzerland and Bavaria.