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Claymore Sword

Scottish Claymore Sword was used in Scottish clan wars and in the wars with the English
between 16th and 17th century.The Claymore sword was a large, two-handed sword and it was used during Late Medieval and Early Modern period. The claymore was used in Scottish clan wars and in the wars with the English between 16th and 17th century. The claymore’s shape and distinctive look came from early Scottish sword designs. The Scottish swords featured cross hilt that had down-sloping arms which were ended with spatulate swellings. The average claymore was 55 inches in total length. The blade of the sword measured about 42 inches and the grip of the sword was about 13 inches. The sword weighted around 5.5 lbs.

The claymore also had other distinctive style called “clamshell-hilted” claymore. The sword’s cross-guard was composed of two downward-curved arms and two round concave plates which protected the top of the grip. The sword was named clamshell-hilted claymore because it exhibited similarity to an open clam.

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