A two handed sword usually conjures up and image of a very durable, powerful cutting blade.
So it makes sense that for people who love battle ready "beater" style swords, one of these "Great Swords" is going to be their preferred choice..
But the concern is, the bigger the blade - the more things that can go wrong.
Luckily, it isn't too hard to find a decent battle ready version of this popular design. The problem is narrowing it down!
So let's take a closer look - first by defining what a two handed sword actually is..
Sounds like a stupid question I know. But as many medieval swords can be referred to by many different names (i.e. a longsword once referred to the "rapier", a "bastard sword" only appeared in the 20th century, etc), and some swords need two hands to be used properly, but are not technically two handed - a definition is in order.
This is a true two handed sword - a photo of an actual German antique "Bihänder" (two hander) from the late renaissance period.
The sword can ONLY be used with two hands, and was used more like a halberd than like a sword.
If you want a sword like this one - then there is basically only one (relatively inexpensive) option: the Cold Steel Two Handed Sword.
Now if that is your definition of a two handed sword, this is where your search pretty much ends unless you are planning on spending over $1,000.
However, a looser definition - and the one I will use here - opens your options considerably.
With this new definition, let's take a closer look at what else is there for the enthusiast who likes big, bad medieval swords.
The first sword that fits our new, broader definition could be called a "hand and a half" sword.
What this really means though is that you need that extra "half a hand", i.e. a second hand near the pommel to guide it, power it, and make the thing work.
Take a look at THIS sword and tell me that you could comfortably use it with a shield in your other hand...
Yeah, you definitely need to use two hands for this sword. And the Hanwei Claymore sword, well a Claymore was hardly a one handed sword either..
And as you will see from the reviews, both happily fit our definition..!
In the early days, Del Tin used to be THE premier name for very strong and well made replica medieval swords (since 1965), but until recently the influx of other swords on the market and the 10 month wait period was not a good sign for this well regarded Italian company...
However, respected sword sellers Kult of Athena have recently brought them into the 21st century, stocking a wide range of Del Tin Swords at their usual low mark up prices. And now a whole new generation of sword enthusiasts can see what all the fuss was about - without the wait and without the hassle of importing them direct from Italy...
It is a sword brand with a bit of an identity crisis..And the products too, seem to be constantly evolving..
Just look at the Black Prince, which when it first came out, looks nothing like it's current incarnation.
Some models NEEDED something of an overhaul. But others, pretty much got it right the first time..
Like Generation2/Legacy Arms, there have been a lot of changes with the Darksword Armory line. And these refinements have not come cheap..
But when it comes to a hard core two handed sword, these are some of the best value for money swords out there..
Another two handed sword to consider is by the Herald Series, which is a line owned by Darksword but made in India to their specifications..
The line is pretty decent for the money, but does not really stack up compared to Darkswords own models.
There are other big, bad swords on the market, though the affordable ones all tend to be made by the manufacturers we have just discussed.
While they are not the cheapest medieval swords around, when it comes to big swords, you DON'T want to skimp out on price.
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