The Best Two Handed Sword

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..

What is a two handed sword?

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.

"Two Handed Great Sword"

Cold Steel

Price Range: $319-549

OVERVIEW: It's big, it's bad and it's HEAVY. And make no doubt about it, it's most definitely a beater. But does it really live up to the marketing hype. Is it Really that GREAT? Our independent reviewer suggests it at least comes pretty darned close..

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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.

The SBG Definition of a two handed sword:

"A big, bad medieval styled sword that you NEED two hands to use the thing properly - and can take, and dish out, some SERIOUS abuse."

With this new definition, let's take a closer look at what else is there for the enthusiast who likes big, bad medieval swords.

Paul Chens' Hanwei Forge

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...

Hand and a half? You definitely need to use TWO with this one..!

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..!

"Albrecht Sword"

Hanwei Forge

Price Range: $269-415

OVERVIEW:Undoubtedly Hanwei's best medieval sword from their classic series, with excellent handling, durability, historical accuracy and overall appearance. Check out 'Shooter' Mike's review for the low down.

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"Scottish Claymore"

Hanwei Forge

Price Range: $221-485

OVERVIEW: It's a short review, but when you are testing on a heavy wooden shield and the sword cuts halfway through it, what more do you need to say? The strongest, most historically accurate, most affordable, Claymore on the sub $300 market by a long shot.

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Del Tin

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...

"Model #5155"

Del Tin Armi Antiche

Price Range: $487

OVERVIEW: Hand made by one of the oldest sword makers still around, these stunning swords - while not perfect - are pretty darned close and well worth the price. Even with all the recent competition...

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Generation 2/Legacy Arms

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..

"Brass Excalibur"

Legacy Arms (Generation 2)

Price Range: $475

OVERVIEW: This sword was the one that got be excited about Gen2 back in the day. These days, it is released on a periodic basis, and when it is - it sells out FAST. Because of this we offer a few alternatives for fans of this beautiful design.

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"Irish Sword"

Legacy Arms (Generation 2)

Price Range: $279

OVERVIEW: Despite a few disappointments here and there, the peened pommel Irish hand and a half sword by Legacy Arms is one of their original designs. Sturdily made with a thick, 5160 Spring Steel blade, though limited production runs make it hard to source.

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Darksword Armory

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..

"Two Handed Gothic Sword"

Darksword Armory

Price Range: $439

OVERVIEW: A whole lot of steel for the price, this sword is both amazingly tough, beautifully crafted and historically accurate - a decent 4 star sword.

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"2 Handed Medieval sword"

Darksword Armory

Price Range: $449

OVERVIEW: Also known as the Templar sword, this sword is ornate and exceptionally powerful. The only drawback to this sword is that it is extremely heavy - but despite this, very well balanced and about as durable as any sword can possibly be...

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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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