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Captivating Scottish Claymores for the clansmen in kilts

I absolutely love Scottish Claymores and always wanted one when I was young. Yet I realized that dream when I was in my mid teenage years. It was the very first sword that I ordered online. Big and powerful the sword really had captured my imagination for a very long time. Suffive to say that despite a very basic one with only a metal ricasso instead of a leather wrapped one and a plain wooden handle, it still impressed me. The solid brass guard was heavy and the blade, was sharp, even a small cut left wide cleavage. That said, I wasn't disappointed. None the less, I look forward to getting another claymore in the future.

Scottish Claymores served vaillantly from the middle(The 1300's or so) of the Medieval Period past its very end. The claymore can be still seen today being carried in parades by proud Scotsmen. For four centuries the claymores were used in civil wars and thoughs against the English. One of the most notable battles in which this sword was used is the Killiecrankie war in 1689 and the battle of Dunkeld which was historically marked for the Jacobite uprising.

The traditional Scottish Claymore or in the old Scottish-Gaelic dialect the Claidemh mor was quite simply a two handed sword. However most examples you'd find are a bit exaggerated in their dimensions. Most historical swords that would be found in Scottish museums were about 40-46 inches in length which is much smaller than the usual 56 inches that you'll likely come acrossed. Also, the quarefoil guard patter which gives them their famous symbolism wasn't adapted until midway through. None the less this gives them quite a unique look that is attributed to their origin.

As mentioned before the Scottish Claymores are still quite popular as a historical sword, yet are the stuff of legends as well. So it isn't uncommon to find them in the fantasy and decorative theme as well. Various symbols of heraldry can adorn the handles or be engraved upon the blade giving it more credence with Scottish nobility. Ultimately, they are generally well made and you shouldn't expect to pay no less than $150 at a minimum for a good one. Some reputable companies do offer cheaper versions such as an almost all steel sword such as BudK.

One of the reasons why Scottish Claymores are so popular is that they are symbols of the great Scottish Clans in the medieval period, the clansmen were known for their extreme loyalty and bravery. Their swords represent the history and heritage of Scotland. The claymore's history has captured our hearts and minds.

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