The longsword, often called a hand-and-half or bastard sword, saw a great deal of service as a weapon of war but was also employed as a civilian weapon of self-defense. Coupled with a dagger, the longsword was an excellent defense against robbers, thieves, footpads, assassins, and dickweeds in general. A good serviceable point allowed the longsword to be used for thrusting (aiming for gaps in the armor), and a medium weight allowed it to be easily used and carried. The light weight allowed the longsword to be used with one hand, but the longsword could also be gripped with both hands for a very powerful cut. This is a beautiful and very functional sword with steel pommel and guard and a wood, leather, and steel scabbard. Northern Italy, Southern Germany, circa 1450.
length: 45 3/4"
blade width: 1 13/16" at ricasso
blade width: 1" near tip
grip and pommel: 9 1/4"
side rings: 1 1/2" x 3 5/8" each
side rings: 4" overall
point of balance: 4 1/4" from guard
weight (sword): 3 lb 4.0 oz
weight (sword and scabbard): 3 lb 14.5 oz
Closeout Price: $235