The claymore sword is a Scottish or Gaelic sword popular from the 15th- 17th centuries. There are two variants of the sword. The first is a two-handed sword with an optional basket grip (also known as a basket hilt). The basket grip if similar to the hilt of the rapier sword except it allows for two hands on the grip. This sword is similar to the standard bastard sword or longsword used throughout Europe. The second type of claymore has a forward sloping or v-shaped hilt. The term “claymore” was originally used in Scotland in the 18th century to describe basket gripped swords. In 1707, the Scottish and English armies banded together under the Acts of Union and the claymore sword was used as the Highland symbol of strength and prowess. The sword continued to be used by the Scottish regiments until the 19th century.
The sword is made from 1095 steel. 1095 steel is the highest carbon steel commonly used in swords. It has a carbon level of .95% which is one of the highest carbon levels for any type of steel. The most common high carbon swords are 1045 steel which only have .45% carbon content in the steel. 1095 steel is known for its ability to maintain an edge and is an incredibly hard steel. 1095 steel typically has a hardness of 56-58 HRC. The problem with 1095 steel is that it is lacks flexibility. Flexibility is critical to sword making so the sword doesn't break on high impact collisions. To increase the flexibility of this steel, clay tempering is used to soften the steel. The clay is thickly painted on the blade to insulates the parts of the blade that we want softened so they cool more slowly during the quenching process. In this case, the clay is painted everywhere except the edge. This clay tempering process keeps the strong and sharp edge of the blade while allowing the rest of the blade to be more flexible. This process optimizes the strength of the blade and maximizes its sharpness creating an incredible strong blade and sharp edge.
Handle Material: Wood with Damascus Steel Bolsters
Overall Length: 38"-64"
Rockwell Hardness: 56-58 HRC
Sheath: Leather sheath
Blade Material: 1095 Steel
Scottish Claymore Sword- High Carbon Damascus Steel Sword- 38"
Very nice addition to my blades collection
The blade came absolutely perfect in the mail, the damascus finish on the blade looks like water smoothly running through a stream, and the blade cuts like a dream. I am in love with my claymore, the only one I could find that came with a sheath. The guard was a little chipped of its finish and the handle rotated when I first got it, but it wasn't anything a little bit of elbow grease and tools couldn't handle. The sword is wonderful and I am so glad I ordered this 58" steel piece of art.