Bastard sword

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A bastard sword

A bastard sword or hand-and-a-halfer[1] are swords which fall between the longsword or broadsword and the two-handed greatsword in size.[2]


The bastard sword is mostly distinguished from a longsword because it has a grip long enough to allow two-handed use. Bastard swords have slightly longer blades as well, but they remain light enough to be wielded one-handed should the need arise, unlike the greatsword that requires two hands.

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A Game of Thrones

Jon Snow receives the Valyrian steel bastard sword Longclaw from Jeor Mormont, Lord Commander of the Night's Watch. Jon describes it as a good half foot longer than the longswords he is used to.[1]

A Dance with Dragons

Ser Rolly Duckfield wields a bastard sword.[3]


Slung across his back in a black leather shoulder sheath was Longclaw, the hand-and-a-half bastard blade the Old Bear had given him for saving his life. A bastard sword for a bastard, the men joked.[4]

—thoughts of Jon Snow