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Maria M.




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PostPosted: Mon 14 Oct, 2013 9:38 am    Post subject: Who makes claymores?         Reply with quote

Hello,
Posting this for someone looking at getting back into studying highland claymore. Does anyone know who makes claymores other than Albion? I've looked at Darkwood Armouries and Arms & Armour, but they don't have them listed. I'm sure I'm missing lots, so help would be great.

Thanks!

(Editted; I goofed and switched around A&A and Albion. Fixed now. Sorry...)


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Matthew P. Adams




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PostPosted: Mon 14 Oct, 2013 9:54 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

http://www.albion-swords.com/swords/albion/ne...n-xiia.htm

http://www.albion-swords.com/swords/albion/ne...rolean.htm

Tyrolean is really a landesknecht weapon, but the claymores were usually built from German blades, and the Tyro has that nice demi scabbard, they will build it removable or permanent per your request. The chieftain is beautiful but a bit shorter than one usually pictures a claymore to be.

There's a company in Scotland who makes some nice ones, it'll probably come up in a myArmoury search. I'll see if I can find it after work.

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Joel Chesser




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PostPosted: Mon 14 Oct, 2013 10:02 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Armour Class in Scotland: http://www.armourclass.com/ and Castle Keep: http://www.castlekeep.co.uk/ come to mind. I haven't handled any products from either company personally, but both have great reputations.
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Larry New




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PostPosted: Mon 14 Oct, 2013 10:07 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

It really depends on budget as well. I own the Armour Class and have the Castle Keep on order now. I also own one from this site http://www.claymore-armoury.co.uk/.. The Castle Keep and Claymore Armoury, like A&A, are on the expensive side. Del Tin makes an amazing large replica for about half the cost of the other ones.

http://www.kultofathena.com/product.asp?item=...d+Claymore


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Jonathan Fletcher





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PostPosted: Mon 14 Oct, 2013 10:08 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Are we talking Claymore = 2 handed sword or Claymore = basket hilt? There's often a bit of confusion with terminology.

For repro's of the latter, Armourclass are good.

For original basket hilts try http://www.firearmscollector.com/cat/swords.asp

For two handers... try this one here... http://www.raven-armoury.co.uk/po_claymore.html
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PostPosted: Mon 14 Oct, 2013 10:21 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

The one from Arms & Armor is here:

http://armor.com/sword100.html

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Joel Chesser




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PostPosted: Mon 14 Oct, 2013 10:55 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Lutel looks like they have one as well http://www.lutel-handicraft.com/?p=productsLi...amp;page=2
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PostPosted: Mon 14 Oct, 2013 6:49 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I'm also interested in a quality Claymore. I bought the DSA model a few years ago, and have since concluded that the lower price points are not the place to look for such a sword. Raven Armory in the UK will sell you one that looks really good (never held one) but at a price that would get you an Albion with a custom scabbard. As others have mentioned, there are some other choices as well. After the looking around I've done I'm concluding that the A&A and Albion price range may well represent a minimum quality acceptance level I'd be willing to settle for when the time comes to make the move. Not that I intend to cast any negativity on the quality level of A&A or Albion products, they represent the highest quality I'm aware of short of a custom made sword. And likely higher than some custom made swords.
Nothing wrong with buying lower price point swords. You will likely run across something you like along the way, and there is no shorter path to the desire for better quality.
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PostPosted: Mon 14 Oct, 2013 7:21 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

That's the one I was thinking of Larry! Claymore- armoury! I've been eyeballing his German two handers, do you have a review of the piece you bought?
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PostPosted: Mon 14 Oct, 2013 7:55 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Maria, have you looked at the Hanwei/Paul Chen claymore? I have one, and I love it. Full, peened tang...sharpened....pretty well historically correct...and the price is right from Kult of Athena. Whopping big claymore that handles great...........McM
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PostPosted: Tue 15 Oct, 2013 1:31 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I've owned and handled a Castlekeep claymore,
really nice sword, very easy to recommend highly,
haven't handled the Armour Class one, but if their high end basket's are anything to go by, i'd expect them to be very good,
Raven, I've had four, two single hander's one hand and a half and a gladius, all historical, all extremely impressive work's overall, if affordable a great choice, haven't handled any of their fantasy work's so cant say on those, mine were all from the secondary market, as their price's are always commented on, from my perspective, i'd say the sword's I've had, if i'd have paid full new retail, I wouldn't have been disappointed overall, there's a handful or less of maker's out there that are the same quality at the same price, some actually more expensive, for in and around the same quality,
only going on the few I've seen of course, Wink
The Hanwei and the Del Tin I've seen at show's were very good option's at the price's,
Albion and A+A, pretty much industry standard of good quality at good price's,
It'd be terrible to be able to see all mentioned on a table to try, lol, Wink

Maria,
As your in Canada, Al Massey would be worth an email to ask,
He make's a quality sword at a very fair price,
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PostPosted: Wed 16 Oct, 2013 9:34 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Vince Evans if he is available.
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PostPosted: Wed 16 Oct, 2013 10:50 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Baltimore Knife and Sword did mine, I love it and everyone over there is amazing with communication and building it how you want, they also do the stage swords for the jousting troupe I work for and their weapons can take a beating and hold up forever
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PostPosted: Wed 16 Oct, 2013 5:54 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Travis, if that's the same claymore from BKS you have that I handled once....brother....you have a BEAST of a sword. I plan to one day commission either a claymore or greatsword from them. Congrats!............McM
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Larry New




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PostPosted: Wed 16 Oct, 2013 6:08 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Mark Moore wrote:
Travis, if that's the same claymore from BKS you have that I handled once....brother....you have a BEAST of a sword. I plan to one day commission either a claymore or greatsword from them. Congrats!............McM


Have a pic to share of this?
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Travis Melcher




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PostPosted: Wed 16 Oct, 2013 7:06 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

http://imakeswords.com/nightmare.htm


may have to copy and paste but this is mine
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Travis Melcher




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PostPosted: Wed 16 Oct, 2013 7:07 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

and I know it's not historical but it shows a wide range of what they can and will do
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Larry New




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PostPosted: Wed 16 Oct, 2013 7:08 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Very original!..thanks
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PostPosted: Wed 16 Oct, 2013 8:41 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

No, Larry....That's not the one I'm referring to....even though I've seen that before. I was referring to their Highland Claymore model with the leather wrapped grip. I personally like the plain wrapped grip. Very functional, which I like. That claymore of yours is beautiful, but I like the battlefield ruggedness of the 'common mans' sword....even though I know that the 'common man' could never afford such a fine sword.....................mcm
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Larry New




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PostPosted: Thu 17 Oct, 2013 2:23 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Mark Moore wrote:
No, Larry....That's not the one I'm referring to....even though I've seen that before. I was referring to their Highland Claymore model with the leather wrapped grip. I personally like the plain wrapped grip. Very functional, which I like. That claymore of yours is beautiful, but I like the battlefield ruggedness of the 'common mans' sword....even though I know that the 'common man' could never afford such a fine sword.....................mcm


I've not seen that model, can you link it? I cant find it on their site
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