Art of Swords

Sword
/sôrd/
Noun
1. A weapon consisting typically of a long, straight or slightly curved, pointed blade having one or two cutting edges and set into a hilt.
2. An instrument of death or destruction.

Highland Claymore

  • Original: Circa Mid-16th Century, Private Collection
  • Measurements: blade length ~ 40.1” x 2.1”; overall length ~ 56”; weight ~ 5.4 pounds

The claymore is one of the most recognizable swords in history. A uniquely Scottish hand-and-a-half style first appearing at the beginning of the sixteenth Century, it is almost certainly a development of the Scots-Irish single hand style of sword.

Shorter and lighter, in general, than the continental two-hander, the average Claymore ran about 55 inches in overall length, with a 13 inch grip and a 42 inch blade.

Fairly uniform in style, the sword was set with a wheel pommel often capped by a crescent-shaped nut and a guard with straight, down-sloping arms ending in quatrefoils and langets running down the center of the blade from the guard.

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