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Cold Steel Hand and a Half Sword – Man at Arms Collection – 9” Grip

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Versatility is always a warriors asset, and of all medieval swords few embody it as well as the Bastard Sword. Too short to be a dedicated two-handed sword, yet longer than the single-hand sword, the bastard hand and a half swords give the warrior the option for single or double handed use. Balanced well enough for one hand, with two the sword becomes a truly effective slash and thrust sword. An elongated pommel acts as an extended grip for leverage and the blade is wide enough midway to allow for a well-gripped half-sword thrust technique.First appearing in the late 13th century, hand and a half swords reached an apex of popularity in the 15th and 16th centuries and were particularly favored in Switzerland and the German principalities.

This Cold Steel Hand and a Half Sword is from their Man-At-Arms collection. The sharp 1055 High carbon steel blade is blued for a dark, protective finish and the hilt of steel is blued to match. The grip wrapped in black leather and the blade tang is screwed into place with a pommel nut. Comes with a black leather scabbard with a blackened metal chape and throat.

Overall Length44 3/4''
Blade Length32 13/16''
Weight3 lb 5.1 oz
Width44.9 mm
Thickness5.3 mm - 4.5 mm
Grip Length9''
Blade [1055 High Carbon Steel]
TypeHand and a Half Sword
ClassBattle Ready
ManufacturerCold Steel
Country of OriginIndia

3 reviews for Cold Steel Hand and a Half Sword – Man at Arms Collection – 9” Grip

  1. Dalton

    Cold steel man at arms hand and a half This sword makes a unique showpiece, but is rather atrocious for practice. The sword’s hilt was rendered unusable after a single cutting session, consisting of three soda bottles, which the sword struggled to cut through.

  2. Christos Milonas

    chrmil Beautiful design. Well balanced. Sharp – not really but not worse than other swords on the market.
    Dissapointed to notice that the end cap wiggles. Tried to tighten the screw holding the end cap but did not help. Then I tried to unscrew the end cap only to notice porly fitted small pieces of wood mixed with some sort of metal welding/glue thus making it impossible to fix the wiggling. Also the end screw holding the end cap looks weak. I would not use this sword with repeated force and not around people. I own many Cold Teel items, that is knifes, and this swords quality does not compare to their other products. Says manufactured in India and mayby they lack quality control there but still the construction looks weak/cheap. Will it be able to cut plastic bottles? Yes. Would it hold up for a real sword fight? Most certanly not!

  3. Ry (verified owner)

    For the price and what I use it for, I’d say this sword garners a solid 4 out of 5.

    The grip and pommel are comfortable in my hand while swinging the sword, my only gripe about it being that the pommel has a tendency to loosen during extending chopping sessions. After getting through the first 3ish pumpkins, the sword noticeably rattled and I had to retighten the pommel. Since then, only every other chopping session but for the most part, not a big issue as long as you can tighten the pommel with a flathead screwdriver. The more often I use the sword, the less often I have to tighten the pommel so maybe it’s just a timing thing. Not the end of the world but something to consider.

    The hilt has some visible epoxy to seat it to the blade tight which doesn’t bother me but I know it would others. It doesn’t stick out of the hilt but it is visible when looking down on it. Otherwise comfortable hilt that isn’t intrusive and gets the job done. Mine came with rust near one edge but KOA customer service was great and was able to give me a partial refund for what would be a “blemished” item. Not much else to be said about it.

    I personally like the way the finish looks on the blade, even more so seeing it wear off after cutting stuff up, giving it a roughed up look. Functionality-wise, the blade holds up surprisingly well. I knew it was going to be a sharp piece of metal after putting a new edge on it but it holds the edge pretty darn well. I’ve had this sword for a little under two months, and after putting a new edge on it the week I got it, I haven’t had to sharpen it since and it cuts like a dream. Being 1055 steel I was a little concerned that it wouldn’t hold up for very long but so far I’m a happy camper.

    The scabbard that comes with the sword is basic but looks and feels nice. At first it held onto the sword REALLY hard making it difficult to remove but over time and use it’s loosened up. Biggest gripe is likely the metal casing that touches the hilt when its sheathed because the lip around the blade has a tendency to scrape the side of the sword, and with the black finish can leave some unpleasant scrapes. Otherwise does the job fine and comfortably seats the sword.

    Last thing, the POB on the website is almost exact. Being a relatively large sword with a POB 4ish inches from the hilt, this sword is difficult to use with one hand. With 2 it’s great but with one hand, it’s a bit on the heavy side to cut accurately. Maybe I’m just not strong enough to do so but swinging swords around is only a hobby of mine so maybe that’s it.

    Overall, a great sword especially for the price. With the biggest concerns being the nut pommel loosening and the scabbard issue, I personally love this sword. This is a great sword for anyone who’s not picky and just wants a fun badass looking sharp thing to cut stuff up with.

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