The handle is long enough for use with two hands, but the balance is such that with enough arm strength it can be wielded with one hand at need. A long, wide blade suitable for heavy slashes also tapers to a fine point useful for getting through the chinks in an opponent’s armour, especially when one hand grips the blade at the halfway point (a technique known as “half-sword”). The graceful, curved guard and scentstopper pommel complement this attractive and practical fighter’s sword – a classic design for modern collectors.
The 15th Century Bastard sword is a fine addition for sword collectors in general, collectors of hand-and-a-half swords in particular, or for modern students of the Renaissance sword arts for use in their training.
Blade: 5160 High Carbon Steel. Dual Tempered HRc 60
48-50 at the core
Fittings : Mild Steel
Blade Thickness: 1.34 mm
Total Length: 45″
Blade Length : 34″
Blade width : 2″
Weight: 3lbs 8oz
Customer Reviews of the 15th C. Bastard Sword:
“This is the only battle-ready sword I’ll ever need to purchase. Considering the price of this sword, the quality is unreal. We took it out for a day of testing, and it chewed through everything. Cinder blocks, bricks, tires, heavy plastics, metal sheeting. The sword barely turned an edge and had ZERO notching. This kind of durability doesn’t happen by accident. Darksword Armory obviously understands their materials science. It probably won’t be necessary, considering the quality of this sword, but if I buy another it will be from this forge.”- J. Martin., Ontario, Canada.
Scot S –
A great sword and equally nice scabbard. Both came in beautiful shape and combat ready. I would not hesitate to use this sword at full speed against any number of targets or real threats. Only issue I had was the handle wrap on the sword. It was not connected as well as it should have been on one end. It appeared to have come lose during construction and was simply not fixed. Some minor trimming and regluing the it should hold. Overall, I great sword and I would recommend to all that you can do not wrong buying from Darksword Armory. We will be using it during teaching/instruction phase in our studio.
Greg C (verified owner) –
Just received my sword the other day and wow your workmanship is exquisite I am very very impressed will not hesitate to order other products from darksword in the future. Thanks guys outstanding job
Greg C Long Island NY
Michael Hollingsworth (verified owner) –
Received my 15th Century Hand and a Half Sword delivered to my house no more than an hour ago. It is extremely light, well-balanced, maneuverable, versatile and elegant both in ascetics and in regards to how it feels in the hands. Scabbard is extremely pleasing to the eye and seems quite durable. Both the sword and the scabbard posses the handmade charm you’d expect from such a product as well. I can’t wait to begin integrating it in my routines and drills!
You can also consider this a review of Darksword’s customer service skills. Initially I received a less-than-perfect edition of this sword roughly a month ago. The sword was bent/warped/twisted and I immediately contact darksword the next day. Within two days, I had the prepaid shipping label Darksword sent to me and the sword was sent back to the manufacture a day later. I’ve done business with this company before so I knew better than to think that this sort of occurrence was a normality. With that said, the entire process was long but the team at Darksword was informative and cooperative for the most part as to informing me what was happening with the sword and when I could expect a replacement. They were honest, helpful, transparent and kind. Shout out to Michael Embers for being such a great customer service rep!
Michael Hollingsworth (verified owner) –
Excellent sword! Just received it less than a week ago. Extremely light and maneuverable. Feels natural and elegant in the hands. My scabbard also had quite a cosmetic flair to it as well. Great product overall and I would suggest this sword for anyone looking to add another piece to their collection or to attain a practical weapon for training/defense purposes.
Jason Crowe (verified owner) –
An excellent sword! Arrived quickly and in perfect shape. Fittings were tight and no defects. The blade finish requires some elbow grease to polish off the shrink wrap marks.
It feels great in the hand…a blade equally adept at chopping or stabbing. Quick…well balanced. I’m extremely satisfied with the quality for the price.
PG (verified owner) –
Let me start by saying that I did an absolute ton of research before purchasing this sword, reading previous reviews of the manufacturer and of the individual sword before finally making my decision. I had a little bit of trouble deciding between this and the two-handed templar sword, but in the end, when this sword arrived, I was more than happy. This is the first real sword I’ve ever purchased, and while I may not be an expert in swords, but I’ve spent most of my life around complex tools and the men that build them and really can speak to craftsmanship. This sword, from end to end, is absolutely solid. I didn’t want something flashy, I wanted something functional. I wanted something heavy enough that I’d feel confident in its heft, but not so heavy that it couldn’t be agile, too. I really wanted something, that after I’d spent five hundred dollars on it, I wouldn’t feel like an absolute fool. This sword is all of that and more. It isn’t flashy, but it is beautiful, and, as far as function, it feels as though you could swing it all day and still batter your way through a brick wall at the end of it. I really don’t know how to describe the feeling of holding it for the first time, but I think the best way to say it is that, after a lifetime of desperately wanting a sword (a real sword, not a pretty decoration) and being reasonably worried that I might be disappointed when I finally decided to get one, that the 8-year-old in me was basically screaming with joy and the 30-year-old was trying to think of reasons to immediately buy another one.
You may have read some bad things about DSA, and I’m sure there were some good reasons based on actual experiences, and, truth be told, I was a little worried that I might regret my choice to buy from them, but believe me when I say that my example of their work is purely stellar. I think the truth is that any company that survives long enough is, at some point in time, going to have some hiccups. Also, I think people are far more likely to run screaming to the internet when they’re angry as opposed to when they’re pleased, and therefore the number of bad reviews will always outnumber the good ones. The mark of a good company, though, is how they respond. As far as I’m concerned, DSA is a good company, and I’ll definitely be a returning customer.
Thank you, DSA
This sword is …well Beautiful.. initial inspection the handle wrap is flawless ,pommel guard and blade alignment is perfect and very tight, slight gap at guard but I regard this as minor and the peening on pommel could be finished better. the sword feels light and responsive…am I going to cut cider blocks trees down…NOT…(do I use my hunting rifled for pry bars)…but after I but an edge on it I will be doing proper cutting tests and the way this sword feels I would not hesitate to use it on a moose or deer carcass…I give this a 4.5 stars well done Darksword
Edward Vertin (verified owner) –
This is a very nice sword. To start, the blade shape is superb, the bevel leading to the edge with no visible flat area even on the blunt version. The fittings are all very secure and of a high quality. The sword came in perfect condition, perfectly polished with no signs of rust or scratches. The scabbard fits perfectly so that it barely won’t fall out when turned upside down, but is not a difficult draw. This is a very nice sword, and a great deal for the price.
David M. (verified owner) –
I just recieved this sword, only two weeks after purchase. Awesome! I have a casual interest in swords and am not an expert. The blade is clean and polished. The handle is very comfortable and fits nicely in my small/medium size hands. The fittings are tight and smooth. The scabbard is nice and tight, no rattle when sheathed and shaken. Overall an amazing product.