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Cornelis – Hand and a Half Sword

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(6 customer reviews)


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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-hand swords were still popular for cavalry and for personal defense. Armor had advanced to the point that warriors could confidently dispose of their shields and focus on offensive reach and power. Now well-armored warriors could have both hands free for a fast, strong weapon.

The elongated handle allows for more leverage than a single handed sword, and it was common to grip the blade with gauntlets to control the tip and thrust the sword into weak points in the armor. Fighting manuals of the time even show techniques whereby the sword is gripped by the blade and the crossguard and pommel used as a weapon. Many, such as this example, had the elaborate quillons for protection and entrapment and elongated pommels that were both an extension to the grip, as well as a counterbalance.

Made in the Czech Republic, this hand-and-a-half sword has a high carbon steel blade. Meant for stage combat, the edges are left completely blunt. The blade is peened and welded to the pommel for strength and the crossguard is also welded into place. The top two-thirds of the grip is wrapped in soft black leather.
Please Note: The grip color and the type of leather grip wrap used on this sword can vary – grip colors can vary from brown to black. There may also be variations in hilt style or grip length.

Overall Length49 3/4''
Blade Length37 1/4''
Weight4 lb 2.7 oz
Width37.8 mm
Thickness5 mm - 4.8 mm
P.O.B.1 3/8''
Grip Length10 1/2''
Blade [CSN14260 High Carbon Steel]
ClassSport Combat
Country of OriginCzech Republic

6 reviews for Cornelis – Hand and a Half Sword

  1. Jeff w.

    Fabulous Long Sword I have employed this sword in freestyle sparring and I am very satisfied with its performance. The blade has a good amount of flex without being whippy, and I enjoy the balance. The sword can truly be used in one hand efficiently enough, and yet works well in longsword techniques. The pommel is great aesthetically and surely would be functional in a strike. Great sword. Based on what I have seen thus far,the sword is durable and should have a long service life in sparring and tournament fighting.

  2. Vlad

    Nice sword I bought 2 of them. Use them at least 2-3 times a week for 3 months already, Blade have some little dmg on it, but its respectable, they holds very well against expensive albion swords. Enough flexible. Little too heavy, but its ok for me.
    P.S. for KOA. Please, do something with your review form. Grey letters on white field very hard to read

  3. Sir C.

    A great sword at a repectable price This sword is a very good deal. Use it 2-3 a week at our medieval martial art school. Everyone enjoys using it and it has held up far better then I expected for its price. plan on buying another one in the near future.

  4. Ian Carlin

    Great handling, but too whippy and flexible not quite up to HEMA sparing, but close, Just too flexible. If the 1st 1/2 was made stiffer, it would do. Great for stage though.

  5. Baron Cambell

    disappointment great weight. great blade, great balance,great length, great looks,terribly fragile crossguard, i loved this sword but one solid blow one the cross guard killed it

  6. Scott (verified owner)

    I love this sword. The POB is closer to the guard than the specs indicate. Basically about 1/4″ below the guard. This makes this sword very responsive in spite of the fact that the blade is quite stout. The tip is probably too pointy. I do not think the blade is too whip like. The leather grip is pretty soft and feels good, but I think over time it is going to get replaced with something sturdier and more robust. The hexagonal pommel is easily gripped if needs be, though the overall handle does not easily aid in blade indexing. I made a poplar scabbard for this sword and it looks very nice and well as being actually usable. The over all construction seems quite solid.

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