Great swords are infantry swords which cannot be used comfortably in a single-hand. The term "great-sword" has come to mean a form of long-sword that is still not the specialized weapons of later two-handed swords. While there is some overlap in terms as great swords are sometimes (correctly) called "two-handed swords", it is not historically correct to refer to all "two-handed swords" as great swords. Great swords were for the most part scaled-up versions of the contemporary long-sword with size being the main distinction: both were considered war swords but the great sword could not be used with one hand. These were exclusively infantry weapons and could not be used in conjunction with a shield. While terms do overlap, it is certain that great swords usually sported longer, heavier blades. Even 18th century broad swords - the curved-blade variety, akin to a thick sabre - could be referred to as great swords, though the term is used nearly exclusively for straight two-handed swords of the late Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Therefore, great sword is best regarded as a generic term, and it is important to remember that great is relative. Blade shapes ranged from "flat and wide" to "narrow and hexagonal" to "diamond shaped". Great swords were capable of facing heavier weapons such as pole-arms and larger axes, and were devastating against light armour. Long, two-handed swords with narrower, flat hexagonal blades and thinner tips were an evolutionary response to plate-armour. Our Great swords can be used for display or for battle re-enactments, each reproduction is created to the specifications of the original. The dimensions and weight are accurate on every piece so you get a medieval weapon that is actually balanced and fun to hold instead of just pretty to look at. Medieval times... sometimes brutal, sometimes romantic, but always a source of intrigue. Medieval Collectibles invites you to share in the experience of an era past with our collection of Great swords. All our Great Swords are expertly hand-crafted and authentic replicas! You can display them in your office, home or for Medieval Reenactments.
Finally, a real Claymore for all those modern Scots who long to possess a functional battle ready Highlander sword! Through history, tales have been told of mighty Scotsmen, hearty and ready to stand for right against seemingly unbeatable odds.
Sure it's big and meant to be carried over the shoulder in its scabbard, but it's extremely well balanced and easily wielded by people of larger stature and physical strength.
In 14th century Germany, a boom in armor development led to shift in sword design as well, and thus, weapons like this 14th Century Great Sword with Scabbard were born, designed to defeat the growing protection offered by plated armour.
The Great Claymore Sword features a hammered and blackened iron pommel and guard welded to a hefty steel blade. The Great Claymore Sword is durable and suitable for stage and reenactment fighting and come to you at a great price.
The Tinker Great Sword of War is designed and crafted purely as a cutting sword and, weighing in at a little less than four pounds, it is built to excel on heavy targets. The 11 inch grip provides excellent leverage and static and dynamic balance.
This is a long thrusting sword and like the original, surprisingly light, beautifully balanced and "ready" in the hand. The pommel and guard are steel. The two-hand grip is wood covered in cord and leather, the blade is tempered 1095 high carbon steel.
In 14th century Germany, a boom in armor development led to shift in sword design as well, and thus, weapons like this 14th Century Great Sword with Scabbard and Belt were born, designed to defeat the growing protection offered by plated armour.