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Claymore swords are one of the most recognized swords in history. Claymore is a term derived from the Gaelic claidheamh-mor, meaning “great-sword.” It was first used to describe the large cross-hilted sword used in the Scottish Highlands and by mercenaries in Ireland from the late 15th to early 17th century.
Several Scottish literary references indicate that the term claymore was applied by Gaelic speakers to both the old-fashioned, two-handed swords and the characteristic Scottish basket-hilted swords of the early 18th century. Since the swords were so huge, the swordsmen needed no shield. The length of the blade also prevented the Highland warriors from supporting each other, unlike the Roman tactic of locking shields and holding their infantry lines. The claymore was a favorite weapon in the Scottish Highland because it had a fearsome reputation on the battlefield.
Frequently Asked Questions
How heavy is a Scottish claymore?
The average Scottish claymore sword blade length is about 55 inches and weighs approximately 5.5 lbs (2.5 kg), relatively comfortable when used single-handed. Several variations that weigh 2-3 lbs exist, but the purpose of this Scottish sword was to inspire fear in the opposing army.
What was the Scottish claymore used for?
Its amazing reach made it extremely difficult for opposing combatants to engage the wielder in close combat. The long “ricasso” or unsharpened part of the blade just above the guard allowed the wielder to quickly switch to close-quarters sword combat should an opponent get past his guard.
Later designs of the Scottish claymore included a twisted wooden hilt to better grip this sword in battle. Legends say that warriors in Scotland hurled this blade in the field of battle to signal their warriors’ readiness to fight.
What’s the difference between a claymore and a broadsword?
A broadsword is a type of sword with a broad cutting blade. These swords differed from the rapier in that regard because the rapier was a sword designed to thrust at an opponent.
A Scottish claymore was a two-handed sword used by Scottish Highland warriors from the 15th century until the 18th century. It’s one of the three most popular weapons used by these fearsome Scottish warriors (the others were the Scottish dirk and the Highland halberd).
Our Scottish claymore blades can be used for display or for battle re-enactments, each reproduction is created to the specifications of the original. Each blade is made from high carbon steel, sometimes with ornate pommels and decorated crossguards.
The dimensions and weight are accurate on every sword, so you get a medieval weapon that is actually balanced and fun to hold instead of just aesthetically pleasing. Medieval times were sometimes brutal and romantic, but always a source of intrigue. We invite you to share in the experience of an era past with our collection of swords. All our swords are expertly hand-crafted and authentic replicas. You can display them in your office, home or for Medieval reenactments.