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Hand-and-a-Half Swords

Hand-and-a-Half Swords

Referred to as hand and a half because they have an extended grip and can be welded with either one hand or two. They also bear the name "bastard" from the French term'epee batarde', not because of their illegitimate nature. No matter what you call them they make you look ten times tougher when you have one. Aragorn carried one. As did Mad Mardigan (remember Willow, don't you?).
SBA-DEATHBRINGER

SBA-DEATHBRINGER

Deathbringer: Hand-and-a-Half Mercenary Sword

$93

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The extremely wide blade and the scalloped brass crossguard which appear to be talons or skeletal fingers help earn the name for this model. Although not a true hand size, it does have a grip wide enough for some hand-and-a-half work.

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SBA-NORMAN-TWOHAND

Norman Sword with Molded Leather Scabbard with Belt Hangers

$140

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The Norman two-handed sword is one of our most beautiful pieces. Boasting an impressive overall size of 45 inches with a blade length of 35 inches it still a comfortable weight and very well balanced.

SBA-RINGHILTBASTARD

SBA-RINGHILTBASTARD

German Bastard-Style Ringhilt Sword with Split Grip

$94

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The German Ring-Hilted is about 47 inches in total length. A little short for a standard hand and a half sword, but the shorter length actually helps with the balance. It weighs in at about 3.5lbs, so it's no daisy, but the point of balance is set nicely at about 5 inches from the guards.

SBA-WARSPIKE

SBA-WARSPIKE

Warspike Knight's Hand-and-a-Half(Bastard) Sword

$86

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The Warspike combines the length of a long arming sword, the hilt of a small hand-and-a-half, and just a hint of a "tuck" thrusting blade. The excellent balance and light weight make the Warspike an exceptional addition to any collection.

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SBCM-MAS-RED

Masonic Greatsword - Stainless-Greatsword with Red Velvet Grip

$79

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A red velvet grip with golden accent, a decorative guard and pommel with Masonic symbols plus an impressive 45 overall length with a 37 inch polished stainless steel blade make this a sword fit for royalty.

SBCM-PENDRAGON

SBCM-PENDRAGON

King Arthur's Sword, Excalibur - Arthur Pendragon

$74

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The Pendragon captures the power, nobility and mystery of legendary King Arthur and his mystical sword, Excalibur. This version of Excalibur is long--nearly four foot in overall length, with a wide stainless steel blade that's absolutely perfect for engraving.

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SBDK-MEDIEVAL-BASTARD-T

European Bastard Sword with Elegant Red Scabbard

$141

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The medieval bastard is gorgeous with many unique features. The blade is made of high quality tempered steel available sharpened or un-sharpened. The steel guard and pommel balance out the length of the blade. The grip is accented in red which matches the red scabbard.

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SBU-ANDURIL

Anduril: Sword of King Elessar (Aragorn)

$289

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This is an accurate reproduction of the sword that Aragorn/Elessar carried in Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King. The 420 stainless steel blade is flawless. The runes etched onto the blade are done tastefully and as faithful to Tolkien's descriptions as possible.

Strongblade Lore
(A Bit of History According to Strongblade)

Andúril, the sword that was forged from the shards of Narsil, was the symbol of hope to the inhabitants of Middle Earth during the War of the Ring. Forged in 3018, the sword was living testiment to the fact that the Dark Lord Sauron, lieutenant of Morgoth and ravager of the east, could be defeated.

You'll recall from your history texts that Narsil was the blade carried by King Elendil, the First High King of the exiled Numenoreans. Narsil was forged by Telchar, the greatest dwarven smith that ever lived in Middle Earth (some of you may recall that Telchar also forged Angchrist, the knife used by Beren to pry a silmaril from the crown of Morgoth. That was back in the day of course, when Sauron was but a lieutenant and got his butt kicked by a wolf). Elendil carried Narsil against Sauron in the War of the Last Alliance. In the final battle of that War, Elendil was slain by Sauron, but his son, Isildur, picked up the sword and confronted the Dark Lord. Sauron, shattered the blade and as he reached toward Isildur to finish him, Isildur famously swung the broken hilt-shard and hacked the One Ring (and a stray finger) from Sauron's hand, thus snatching victory from defeat and destroying The Dark Lord Sauron (for a while, anyway. Dark Lords have a way of always popping up again, much like In-laws and indigestion).

But Enough about Narsil. This is the story of Anduril, which was reforged by elves from the shards of that other sword (we won't ention its name again lest the Sword Union (local 404) complain that Narsil upstaged Anduril in Anduril's own history page). The elves took great care in reforging narsil and etched runes and symbols on its blade, as Tolkien writes:

The sword of Elendil was forged anew by Elvish smiths, and on its blade was traced a device of seven stars set between the crescent Moon and the rayed Sun, and about them was written many runes...

These runes are painstakingly recreated in this reproduction of Andril. If you want to know what it means, the good folks at www.elvish.org translated the runes from Tolkien's Elvish description (Quenya Elvish to be precise) to read as follows:

I am Anduril who once was Narsil, sword of Elendil.
The slaves of Mordor shall flee from me.


And the last bit of poetry that we'd like to share with you is perhaps the most often quoted (and misquoted) line from The Lord of the Rings, which loosely pertains to Anduril and narsil:

All that is gold does not glitter, not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither, deep roots are not reached by the frost.
From the ashes a fire shall be woken, a light from the shadows shall spring;
renenwed shall be blade that was broken, the crownless again shall be king.

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