Sorry, not a plug, but this sword at this shop called The Medieval Store has a 15th century hand and a half sword and I am curious the historical significance of it. What makes it 15th century? Can anyone explain?

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    Looks like nice replica of a "Schwert zu anderthalb Hand", aka Bastardsword, "Anderthalbhänder". At these times largely a ceremonial weapon used in ordeals or together with the fencing feather as sports instrument. Blade should ~90cm (must unsheath it ;-), weight ~900 grams, center of gravity 2-3 cm before the hilt and this makes a nice weapon. Oh, and no stainless steel pls. !
    – user43870
    May 6 '20 at 20:30
  • Carbon steel - a no go ! :-) I'm not writing an answer because all my sources are in German. But i am sure a friendly colleague will show up soon. But search for "Sempach Schwert" (Battle of Sempach) can be an entry point.
    – user43870
    May 6 '20 at 20:37
  • They probably labelled it that purely because the bastard sword (aka hand and a half sword) originated in the 15th century. Those swords I believe averaged around 40" or longer blades, so this is actually a bit short.
    – Semaphore
    May 6 '20 at 20:47
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    I LOVE the customer review: "This is the only battle-ready sword I’ll ever need to purchase."
    – SJuan76
    May 6 '20 at 21:35
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    You might compare it with this example in the Wallace Collection (item No A476), or this one in the V&A collection (museum No M.603-1927). May 6 '20 at 23:02

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