The hand-and-a-half sword also known as the bastard sword, is a long-bladed sword between 3 1/2 and 4 feet in length, used either with one or two hands. The hand-and-a-half was designed both to stab at weak links of armour and to bash through bones and cut enemies in half. The Dunedain were reknown for using hand-and-a-half swords in their arsenal, and Aragorn no doubt carried one before Anduril was reforged. Narsil/Anduril was, in fact, a hand-and-a-half sword in design, and the Nazgul also carried Mordor-forged hand-and-a-half swords.