Swiss Gothic Bastard Sword
Based on the original housed in the Swiss National Museum, Zürich, Switzerland.
Original found in, Bodensee Switzerland.
Categorized by Ewart Oakeshott as, XVIIIa
Original’s date: 1450-1460
- Solid, functional, traditional longsword.
- Diamond cross section blade, in 1095AISI high carbon steel.
- Fully sharpened & honed by hand.
- Designed to perform and stand up to repeated cutting practice.
- Timber grip/ scabbard with 100% genuine leather trim.
- Traditionally hammered/ peened tang.
- Tough steel fittings.
Why is a Bastard Sword called a Bastard Sword? The word bastard comes from the French word “bâtarde”. This word in France used much more liberally. It can also mean - “something irregular, inferior, spurious, unusual” or “of abnormal or irregular shape or size; of unusual make or proportions”. While the Bastard Sword is definitely not inferior, being one of the most popular swords of the middle ages. Its proportions, neither a true two-handed sword, nor a single handed sword leave it as being uncategorised , lending to the name “Bastard”.
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Excellent craftsmanship, the blade is amazingly balanced, razor sharp and straight. The cross guard and pommel are smooth to the touch which is perfect for handling. The pommel itself is an awesome design feature and a nasty add on (in regards to a pommel strike). The handle wrapping is tight and true, All in all, it was worth every cent.
this is my first real sword and definitely noticed how well balanced it is and the feeling that it is an extension of my arm. I love that it has doesn't have a ceremonial/display sword look, it's a working person's sword. Very Happy
Very nice blade and furniture. Would be greatly improved with more attention to the handle and a true leather binding.