Tinker Bastardsword

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Description of the Product

These Tinker Bastard, or Hand and a half, swords are designed so that both the sharp and blunt versions will perform identically. This allows you the possibility of both sparring as well as cutting with swords that feel and respond in exactly the same way.

The sharp version features a blade which is diamond-sectioned throughout its length, with a strong central ridge without a fuller. The taper of the profile makes the sword lightning-fast and light, and excellent for thrusting, but also sturdy enough for cutting. The blunt trainer blade has a broad 3/4 length fuller to compensate for the required thicker edges for safe sparring practice, and a rounded tip.

The tapered oval grip feels exceptional in hand while the second hand easily slides over the pommel when extra leverage is required, as is typical in hand and a half swords. The grip is long enough, at nearly 24 cm, for smaller people to use this sword in longsword practice. The wheel pommel is sized to provide a grip for the second hand when required, and the straight tapering cross-guard made of steel provides excellent hand protection.

Handle has a wood core wrapped with string and covered with leather. The end of the tang is threaded. The pommel has a recess to fit the hexagonal nut to secure and tighten the hilt. This allows the hilt to be easily re-tightened or dismantled for inspection, customization and to exchange blades if needed. The wooden leather covered scabbard is included, and has steel chape and throat.
Made by Hanwei. Specs can vary slightly from piece to piece.

Overall length: 109.5 cm
Blade length: 85 cm
Handle length: 23 cm
Weight: 1.16 kg
Point of Balance: 12 cm
Width at Guard: 4.1 cm
Width at Tip: 1.2 cm
Thickness at Guard: 5.5 mm
Thickness at Tip: 3.2 mm
Blade material: 5160 carbon steel
Sharpness: Sharp

 

About Tinker Peace Line:

Hanwei commissioned Michael ‘Tinker’ Pearce to design a line of swords that will satisfy both the sparring and cutting needs of Historical European Martial Arts practitioners. In this collection you get authentic and genuine pieces that are based on historical designs, but made with modern techniques and materials to make them as strong as possible. Every Tinker Pearce sword is a fully functional, battle-ready blade.

These swords are offered either blunt or sharpened, so you can choose whether you need one for cutting practice and authenticity or one for training, HEMA-combat and reenactment. Either way you get one of the finest modern medieval swords on the market with impressive handling.

The creator of these fine weapons is Michael Tinker Pearce, a noted maker of custom medieval swords, whose pieces have a long-standing reputation for durability and overall performance. He has studied swords for over thirty years and has been instrumental in making features such as authentic weight and balance as industry standards. His research and broad-based training has enabled him to understand both how swords were used by those who depended their lives on them, as well as the needs of modern re-enactors and martial artists.

These swords meet Tinkers quality requirements. Each blade is forged from 5160 Spring Steel, and is tempered to a hardness of 50-53 Hrc and the tang to the low 30s Hrc. For the Medieval models the very end of the tang is threaded. The pommel has a recess to fit the hexagonal nut to secure and tighten the hilt. This allows the hilt to be easily dismantled for inspection, customization, and to exchange blades if needed. The sharp and blunt blades are interchangeable on all the medieval models. The blades are intended for full on sparring, but may be replaced if needed, further reducing the long-term cost of these swords. The Viking Sword sharps and blunts are peened for historical authenticity and to meet the needs of collector and reenactment groups.

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