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Del Tin Battle Ready
Del Tin 16th Century German Hand and a Half Sword - Black Grip - DT6164BK

Del Tin 16th Century German Hand and a Half Sword - Black Grip

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Overall Length: 54 1/4'' Blade: 39 3/4''
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Blade: Chrome-Vanadium Steel
Weight: 4 lb 2.9 oz
Edge:  Unsharpened
P.O.B.: 2 1/4''
Thickness: 6 mm - 2.6 mm
Width: 35.2 mm
Grip Length: 11 1/2''
Pommel: Peened

This Del Tin 16th Century German Hand and a Half Sword has an unsharpened blade of tempered Chrome-Vanadium steel with a hardness of 50 HRC. The blade geometry is hexagonal. The guard and pommel are cast from steel and given an antiqued finish for an aged appearance. The hardwood grip is overlaid in tight black leather.

Hand and a half swords and longswords took precedence over single-handed swords on the battlefield in the latter part of the Medieval Era and Renaissance. Though single-handed swords were needed by cavalrymen and as a sidearm for pikemen and halberdiers, the dedicated swordsman on foot was more likely in this era to wade into the melee with a sword that was best suited for two hands. This was because armor had advanced to the point that warriors who could afford the superior protection of plate could confidently dispose of their shields and focus on offensive reach, power and speed; Well-armored warriors could now have both hands free for a fast, strong weapon.

The elongated grips of these swords allow for more leverage than a single handed sword, imparting both power and speed in the strike. Many, such as this German example, had elaborate ringed guards and elongated quillons both for protection and entrapment of the opponents weapon. It was common to grip the blade of these larger swords in a half-swording technique to control the tip and to more accurately thrust the sword into weak points in the opponent’s defense.

Fighting manuals of the time even show techniques whereby the sword is gripped by the blade so that the warrior could use the crossguard and pommel as a bludgeoning weapon; Perhaps this was a means for battering an armored foe? It is clear that the mastery of such swords was a nuanced martial art and to relegate them to mere battering and bashing weapons is a disservice to the skill involved in their historical use.

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