The Hand and a Half, Bastard Sword
The Hand and a Half sword was also referred to as a bastard sword because it could not be classified in the family of single handed or two handed sword. The Hand and a Half sword has a long enough grip it can be used with two hands for a powerful blow but was also light enough and balanced enough that it could be used with a single hand.
The basket or “basket hilt” is an evolution of the earlier medieval swords where the quillons or crossguard were the primary pro....
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