Arms & Armor Highland Claymore
Original: Mid-16th century, private collection
The Highland Claymore (or more accurately Claidheamh Da Laihm
) is a uniquely Scottish weapon that reached its hey-day in the 16th Century. The quatrefoils at the end of the cross and the langet down the center of the blade are particularly distinctive. The wheel pommel (Oakeshott
Type J) and cross are blued. The cylindrical grip is covered in black leather.
The Claidheamh Da Laihm
is a big, beefy blade. This sword is meant to be used exclusively with two hands. It is of a flattened diamond section with a spatulate tip, making it a dedicated cutter. In the world of swords, this would certainly be considered to be the equivalent of a .44 magnum.
Overall length: 56.5"
Weight: 5.4 pounds
Width of guard: 12.5"
Blade: 40.5" long; 2.375" wide tapering to 1.375"
Grip and pommel: 15.5"
Point of Balance (PoB): 4.5" from guard
Center of Percussion (CoP): ~24" from guard
Maker: Arms & Armor