The Hand & Half - Great War Sword

Brand: John Barnett

The War Sword.
Referred to as swerdes of werre or grete war swords, larger sized knightly swords seemed to have been developed in Germany and there are frequent references to their use by medieval French chroniclers writing about knights employing the use of "big German sword".


Essentially hand and half variants of the more usual cruciform hilted single handed sword these great war swords are most probably the result of the need for a more powerful weapon to combat improvements in the armours being wore at the time.


The longer grip of the war sword facilitated a double handed cut landing a ferocious blow that greatly improved the chances of injuring an armoured opponent on the battlefield, however the sword was still light enough to, and most often was, used in one hand.


Key Features:
EN45 Spring Steel
Historically accurate
High Quality Construction


Blade Length 97 cm
Blade Width (Widest) 5 cm
Handle - Grip Length 17.1 cm
Overall Length 123 cm
Weight. 2.2 kg


These swords are meticulously hand crafted. The tangs are actual full tangs, not the typical rat tail that are found in most decorative swords. The high quality blades are hand forged using EN45 Spring steel to make the blade non brittle and give it a spring like quality that will not warp.

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