WHY I HATE BASTARD SWORDS! (hand and a half swords)

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Hey guys, SnapJelly here and I HATE BASTARD SWORDS! (or hand and a half sword) And here’s a little rant about why ^^

Angevin B Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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  • Stop your bitching. The point of an arming sword is to allow you to comfortably change fighting styles or allow for more options for combat so you don’t have to have an arming sword and a long sword

    Jacob Davis
    Posted February 29, 2020
  • I like My arming swords. They are just the right size bastards.

    Randell Darcky
    Posted February 29, 2020
  • I look at hand in a half swords like a four door sporty car! Lol

    Shaun Welch
    Posted February 29, 2020
  • It seems you have made an oversight, a single hand sword can be used with two hands… for thrusting only. However it CANNOT be used two handed (effectively) for cutting, so a bastard sword is a single handed sword which allows for an effective two handed grip for developing effective cutting power.

    Matthew Donoghue
    Posted February 29, 2020
  • So, it isn't so much that you have a problem with the existence of these kinds of swords, more of the name/classification? Well, my problem with this is that thanks to Dungeons and Dragons and Game of Thrones, bastard swords are fairly common knowledge now, thus making the classification of what kind of sword it is easier. For example, in a novel, it's much more streamlined and quicker to say "bastard sword" than to say "an arming sword with a slightly longer hilt, allowing for two-handed use". For me, at least with my current understanding, a bastard sword is somewhere between a longsword and an arming sword, so using the term in my writing makes a lot of sense. That's just my opinion though, and I mean no disrespect.

    Aboc Stark
    Posted February 29, 2020
  • From using a hand and a half sword, it's surprisingly uncomfortable to use with just one hand. The length of the handle can be very awkward one handed

    Jared Reaman
    Posted February 29, 2020
  • There is also the fact that it originated with the French term épée bâstarde, and it was used to refer to a 1-handed sword used for thrusting.

    Diving Nerd
    Posted February 29, 2020
  • fun fact no one knows the definition of the topic of this video. we can make guesses since they are mentioned and counted in historical papers, but we don't know what they are. the name could let us guess though.

    and what I take from the name of the sword is is that it is a sword with a blade between the lengths of a longsword and short sword and a hilt between the length of a arming swords and a long swords. Or it could be an uber low quality sword. or it could be a longsword with an arming sword hilt. or vice versa.

    Itsuki Takeuchi
    Posted February 29, 2020
  • I demand a sniper pistol!

    Alex Ackles
    Posted February 29, 2020
  • Isn't it because a hand and a half sword kind of is both at the same time.
    Enough about the name, a regular longsword is too small for me and a larger hand and a half sword just works better for me.

    Why do people get so stuck up on weapon types?
    Try them all and settle with what works for you and what feels fun to play with for hours on end.

    Posted February 29, 2020
  • Hand and a Half swords are still longswords- I thought this was already known. Functionality is no issue whatsoever, and swords should technically be made or chosen to best fit the user. Trying to name something with many variations can only be general.

    Christopher Volk
    Posted February 29, 2020
  • I like bastard swords because they have a swear word in the name

    Git Man
    Posted February 29, 2020
  • Length for one hand using on horse are longer than on feet, may BASTARD SWORDS using with one hands pratical on horse?

    Emilia Fujiwara
    Posted February 29, 2020
  • you make some good points, but your example about an arming sword becoming a two-handed sword when you wield it with two hands is a bit of a technicality. even if you have small hands and did that you still lose leverage you would have when using two handed techniques with a proper two handed sword. with a hand and a half sword you get some more of that leverage back.

    Brian Matis
    Posted February 29, 2020
  • Is he being that much of an idiot

    Pat Clark
    Posted February 29, 2020
  • How could you hate bastard swords when you are a bastard

    Pat Clark
    Posted February 29, 2020
  • Stop saying this you bastards!

    Posted February 29, 2020
  • A Clickbait 😀

    Felix :P
    Posted February 29, 2020
  • You're talking absolute rubbish. You obviously don't know what you're talking about. You CAN'T use an arming sword with two hands, because it's grip is just TOO LONG! And if a longsword is up to your chin, it's still a longsword, and completely usable! For iy to no longer be a longsword, it would have to be AT LEAST to the top of your head. That would already be a greatsword. Bastard sword is a subcategory of a longsword, just usable in one hand as well as in two hands. Where are you taking your information from, DnD?

    Ragnar Þór Guðmundsson
    Posted February 29, 2020
  • Hey at least a short man 5 ft it could be like a 2 hand sword to him

    Posted February 29, 2020
  • Is this guy copying Lindy beige mannerisms?

    Posted February 29, 2020
  • I love how everyone chalks up there expertise to Game of Thrones when it comes to swords. I’m a blacksmith and have studied the art of western swordsmanship from very old French text. I’ve studied specifically hand and a half swordsmanship. And the term “bastard sword” was never in those texts. It would say hand and a half or long sword, but never bastard. Bastard is a newer term, but goes with hand and a half sword. This is due in part because of the blacksmithing trade. To get swords to be cheaper or just to use already good parts, the smith would take broken swords and grab usable parts from them. These would mostly be the cross guard, handle, pommel, and the blade of a long sword that was probably broken or had issues with the forging. They would reuse these materials however they saw fit. It also gives a nod to “they don’t fit into either category” of arming swords or long sword because if the blade was broken or had some defect they would shorten it. But is not the true terminology for bastard sword. That’s where the term bastard comes from.

    Gilbert McKown
    Posted February 29, 2020
  • I think bastard sword is something like you'd use it with two hands like a longsword but you can also use it with a shield with ease. Idk, something like that I think, but as you said in the video, what might be a longsword to one person might be an arming sword to another and it's the same with a bastard sword, you might be able to use it as a bastard sword but a smaller person might only be able to use it effectively as a longsword.

    Some_Random_Asshole 783567
    Posted February 29, 2020
  • I can see what he is talking about bt his only point is that their is no set length standards for swords

    Ulrich Von Lichtenstein
    Posted February 29, 2020
  • Ok people, let's end the debate right here. Take it from a guy that actually teaches sword fighting. Bastard Swords, Hand and a half, arming and longs swords are not the same. A bastard sword has the same blade length as the hand and a half, but is thicker and heavier with a longer handle. Yes it can be used in one or two hands. The hand and a half was made so that a knight could use his shield with it, but still hold it in two hands comfortably while in armour. An arming sword is much harder to hold in two hands, when you're wearing plate mail. The Bastard sword was made to counter armour. Its heavier weight allowed it to punch through easier. Long swords were two handed and made to counter cavalry and heavy infantry armour. Great swords were mostly ceremonial, not for combat. There are exceptions to that, but they were only ever used to counter cavalry.

    Shenlong Pendragon
    Posted February 29, 2020
  • I believe the idea of it being a sword type is foolish. Because…

    Arming Sword = Clearly for one hand, all can use it in one hand, unless you're too short, then the length is just not for you.
    Long Sword = Clearly for two hands, all can use it in two hands, unless you're too short, then the length is just not for you.

    Different height people would have a set length where a blade would be better suited to them as one or two handed, easy.

    So the Bastard Sword should not exist and should actually just be a Bastard hilt, or hand-and-a-half hilt. This fixes all the issues because now you can say it's a long sword with a bastard hilt, just like you'd say that's a broad sword with a basket hilt. Easy fix.

    Connor Force
    Posted February 29, 2020
  • This guy's circular logic, hair, and annoying voice make me want to punch him in the throat.

    Casey Patterson
    Posted February 29, 2020
  • I read the thumbnail in Count Rugen's voice

    "Stop saying that!"

    Ulfric Stormcloak
    Posted February 29, 2020
  • Bastard sword does 1d10 damage but can be used in one hand which is better than a long sword which only does 1d8. Unfortunately it requires Exotic weapon proficiency: Bastard sword.

    Bree Durbin
    Posted February 29, 2020
  • I think the bastard sword should have a dramatically tapering handle to encourage the proper execution of the push and pull technique. And there seems to be a bit of a throw in there granted by the dramatic tapering.

    Damian Sellus
    Posted February 29, 2020
  • A bastard sword is a sword made by someone who isn’t a blacksmith. That’s my thoughts 😜

    Posted February 29, 2020
  • I do midevil reenactments and I use it to compensate against a enemy that's bigger with a long sword. It allows me to have the same reach as him for a fair fight

    angry crow
    Posted February 29, 2020
  • The windlass one ive got is way too heavy to use with one hand, and i'm a really big strong guy. It's abt 4 lbs.

    Lucas T
    Posted February 29, 2020
  • The long grip is for leverage and control, while maintaining the ability to switch to one hand with ease

    Jeremiah Tompkins
    Posted February 29, 2020
  • I love bastards couse its so not heavy to use as single handed and also they give extrability to powerstrikes as doublehanded. U can use them with dagger, shield or as longsword. Its very agile and longer than arming sword a bit. The sword ur holding at 6:04 is more long sword than bastard and u can use only as twohanded. Try zweihandler

    Posted February 29, 2020
  • I'd say it's also a matter of balance. In my opinion, a Bastard Sword has the balance point more near the guard than a longsword, making it wieldy also for one handed use.

    Aegon Stark
    Posted February 29, 2020
  • All my swords must be bastard swords given how every time I slash someone across their butt cheeks, they scream, “You bastard!”

    Shawn Matthews
    Posted February 29, 2020
  • A bastard sword has a very unique handle and is not the same as an arming sword or a two handed sword. You're passing disinformation based on personal feelings….

    Alpha Wërks
    Posted February 29, 2020
  • A bastard sword is a sword forged out of wedlock

    Bo Kvarv
    Posted February 29, 2020
  • This video was really educational but the title made me think you meant you hated the sword not just the term due to the unnecessary specification, thanks for sending my the link Jelly.

    Zach McNall
    Posted February 29, 2020
  • Why do you assume that I'm shorter than you? I'm 8 ft tall!

    Aaron Alfer
    Posted February 29, 2020

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