Tuesday, September 29, 2015

The Bastard Has Arrived

The Bastard sword, aka Hand and a Half Sword, that is. This was another ebay score - $24.50 with free shipping. It only took a week to get here. Here are the specs from the listing:
Mirror Polish Stainless Steel
Overall Length: 42 Inches
Blade Length: 33.5 Inches
Blade Width: 1.75 Inches
Includes: Genuine Leather Sheath, Belt Loop

I beat the other bidder by only .50 cents - I bet the guy was bummed. I waited until about a minute was left and put in a bid of up to $30.00. Apparently the other bidder only bid the listed starting bid of $24.00. Anyway, it's a sort of tactic I've used to good effect on ebay in the past.
Note the extended grip for use with the other hand. I saw a video showing the secondary hand should only hold the pommel area, and not with a tight two-handed grip. This makes for more articulated movement.
The sword is fairly light and well balanced. The edge is semi-sharp; that is, not razor sharp, and only from the middle of the blade to the tip. As I intend to use it as a practice/training sword, I don't want it sharp anyway. I may file the edge down a bit to make it blunt - that is if some hedge trimming doesn't dull it first.
Anyway, it's a fine addition for the price of about two or three decent lunches. To compensate I ate off the dollar menu most of last week.

25 comments:

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    1. Thanks, it really is nice. Regards, Dean

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    1. Thank you, Fran. Have to keep those Normans at bay :) Best, Dean

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  3. Fantastic stuff Dean! Looks cool!

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    1. Thanks, Rodger. I was surprised at how well-made it is - from the price. Warm regards, Dean

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  4. The Bastard Has Arrived? I thought for a second you were talking about me Dean! :o))

    Great collection you have here!
    all the best,
    Cheers,

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    1. Thanks, Jonathan! Even peaceful people need a sword or two sometimes. :) Warm regards, Dean

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  6. Oh my word, this is getting really serious Dean, great sword Sir.

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    1. Thanks, Michael. I may have to answer the door like this sometimes - it might reinforce the "No Solicitors" sign. :) Best, Dean

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  7. 24 dollars incl. shipping is nothing less than a bargain! Looks really well made too. Very cool addition to your collect.

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    1. Indeed, Soren. I was very surprised to have won it - I had put in $30 as my max bid as I didn't want to invest too much into it. Regards, Dean

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  8. This 1:1 scale model thing could lead to being an expensive hobby. How many of you do you need in a unit? :-) Great gear Dean, that sword looks a beauty.
    Best wishes,
    Jason

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    1. Lol! Players only need one figure per side, but it must be fully painted and based. :) Warm regards, Dean

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  9. Impressive sword
    I would concede any rules dispute to you with that!

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    1. Thanks, Miles - the sword will be sheathed during gaming, for safety's safe :) Best, Dean

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  10. This is the inevitable result of scale creep. It starts with moving to54mm, then bam! Your all the way up to 2000mm . nice buy, and the armor piece is nice as well.

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    1. 2000mm, I wish! I'm closer to 1650mm - sort of like comparing a BTD 28mm to a Minifig 25mm :) Warm regards, Dean

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  11. Lol look at that smile your trying to hold back on your face! I think that pretty much says everything.:-) Great looking sword of course and congrats!:-)

    Christopher

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    1. Thanks, Christopher. Yes, you're right - like a kid in an armor & weapon store :) Regards, Dean

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