Långsvärd nr 20




Gothic Longsword / Late Medieval Bastard Sword with Scabbard, Decoration Sword

This good value one-and-a-half-handed sword (also called bastard sword) is a classic example of a cut-and-thrust long sword of the European late Middle Ages. Although not a one-to one replica of an original historical piece, it features the typical characteristics of a traditional late medieval longsword and is patterned after the arming swords wielded by 15th century Gothic knights in full suit of armour. Such weapons of war were unable to pierce or cut through plate armour but were particularly effective when it came to stab one’s way into the unprotected, vulnerable gaps and joints in the opponent’s plate protection and penetrate chainmail and padded garments.

The long, double-edged blade of the medieval sword we offer here is forged out of hardened and tempered EN45 spring steel. It has a flattened diamond cross-section and gently tapers towards the pointed tip. The edges are not sharpened and the blade’s full tang is screwed to the pommel.

The cruciform hilt sports a wide cross guard and a generously sized wheel pommel, both made of steel. The 21 cm long, 0.6 cm thick guard features slightly flared quillons with rectangular and trefoil-shaped cut-outs. The visually striking handle is composed of a wooden core with leather-and-steel overlay: While the first half adjacent to the guard is bound in black leather (with X-shaped ribs, or risers underneath), the remainder of the grip is wrapped with twisted steel wire.

This late medieval hand-and-a-half knightly sword comes complete with a black wood-and-leather scabbard with steel throat, chape, middle band and articulated suspension rings. The open three-lobed clover leaf / trefoil motif adorning the pierced guard (a typical ornamental and architectural element of the Gothic era) is repeated on all the sheath’s fittings.

Please note that this sword is not a battle ready weapon. It is designed as a collector’s or decoration/display piece and is not suited for combat reenactment. Besides its quality as a collectible, it is also perfectly suited as a prop, e.g. to complete your costume.

– Regular, decorative version
– Material: EN45 spring steel blade (high carbon steel, not stainless), mild steel guard and pommel, wooden handle covered with leather and steel wire
– Overall length: approx. 118 cm
– Blade length: approx. 90.5 cm
– Hilt length: approx. 27.5 cm (grip approx. 19 cm)
– Max. blade width: approx. 5 cm
– Point of balance: approx. 8 cm from the guard
– Incl. wooden scabbard with genuine leather cover and steel fittings
– Weight without scabbard: approx. 1.6 kg
– Weight with scabbard: approx. 2.1 kg

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