- 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.