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
A solid functional longsword. Features a diamond cross section blade, made from 1095 high carbon steel. Designed to perform and stand up to repeated cutting practice. Fully sharpened with traditionally hammered tang and 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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Very nice blade and furniture. Would be greatly improved with more attention to the handle and a true leather binding.