|Featured in||The Stormlight Archive|
They are the only known objects able to block a Shardblade apart from Shardplate, other Shardblades, metalminds and aluminium. Despite not granting any of the other benefits of Shardplate, such as enhanced strength and agility, they represent a significant breakthrough in fabrial science. Their bulky size and shape often leads to their users being hampered in ways Shardbearers are not. While inspired by Shardplate, half-shards work according to a different design principle. It is unknown how closely the secret of how to construct a half-shard is guarded.
Their design consists of a diamond-shaped metal plate with an infused gem attached to its back to increase its durability.
It is currently unknown which spren is used in the creation of Half-shards, but Taravangian says in his conversation with Dalinar Kholin that the spren entrapped in the Half-shard could have graced a Knights Radiant. However, he may have been lying or trying to mislead Dalinar Kholin.