"Hey, wait a minute, Therion. For YEARS you've been telling us to stop using the Victorian term "bastard sword" and use the proper term "longsword", and here you are showing us a BASTARD SWORD!"
"Yeah, I know, and you're right, this is a longsword, and you shouldn't call it a bastard. However, Tinker and Hanwei are producing *two different* longswords - one with a 12" grip and 35" blade, and this one with it's 9" hilt and 33" blade. I could call them a "long grip longsword" and a "medium grip long sword", but that would start getting a bit confusing. Tinker calls this a "bastard sword", so in order to minimize confusion, I'm going with bastard sword, JUST IN THIS INSTANCE. The Tinker Pearce longsword is the long grip longsword, the sword pictured/listed on this page is the medium grip longsword. Capice? We cool?"
Sharp bastard sword with an Oakeshott type XII blade, developed by Michael "Tinker" Pearce, produced by Paul Chen / Hanwei. The blade is marquenched 5160 spring steel. Flat wheel-pommel with beveled edges, straight modified 'bow-tie' guard with a truncated triangular cross-section. The hilt can be removed for maintenance or blade replacement using a 5mm allen wrench.
Also available is a version with a fullered blade.
length: 42 3/8"
blade width: 1 5/8" at guard
blade width: 5/8" at 2" from tip
grip and pommel: 9"
leather wrapped grip: 7 3/16"
guard: 7 7/8"
point of balance: 4"
weight: 2 lb 8.5 oz