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Basket-Hilted Claymore Sword

Birth of The New Claymore Sword


The claymore sword is a very well know sword. Most everyone when they think of a sword they

Claymore Sword

Claymore Sword

envision the old swords if King Arthur and his knights of the round table. This vision is very normal with the Scottish claymore being used in the 16th century.  One of the most famous wielders of this was none other  than Breaveheart himself William Wallance. This type of sword was a big two handed sword that could generate tremendous power. With armor being so think it was necessary to have such a large brutal sword like the claymore sword.  However as the 17th century rolled around and armor became light the need for such a large clumsy weapon began to fade. So the claymore sword did a sort of metamorphosis and the basket hilted claymore sword was born.


Basket Hilt Claymore Sword Traits


So with the thinning of armor and the need for heavy handed swords not so important the basket-hilt sword became a popular alternative.  No longer was it necessary for a double edged sword this claymore was built with a single edge.  In addition to the single edged blade the basket hilted claymore had a blade that was significantly smaller than the classic claymore; this blade was between 30 to 35 inches in length.  With this more manageable size strikes and thrusts were executed much more quickly than with the older style blade.  There was also a significant



basket hilted claymore sword

basket hilted claymore sword

decrease in the weights the basket-hilt wade between 2 to 3 pounds.  The hilt of this sword did a phenomenal job protecting the owner’s hand.


The basket-hilted claymore sword was also referred to as a broadsword.  This type of sword was not normally carried by the general public in this time period.  This sword was most commonly found with the military.  The reason this was so often associated with the military was because of its strength and power.  This was in stark contrast to the rapier sword that was common with the public.  The rapier sword was much smaller and much lighter than the basket-hilted claymore sword.



Differences between the claymore sword and the basket hilt

As time went pressed on it just made much more sense to change from the normal cumbersome two-handed claymore sword to the quicker basket-hilted claymore.  So when comparing the two swords what were the differences?  The first and most obvious difference was in the size your average medieval claymore was about 54 inches in length the average basket hilted sword ran from 30 to 35 inches and almost 25 inch difference.  As I stated above there was a significant difference in the weight.  The basket-hilted claymore weighed in at about 2 to 3 pounds where as

claymore sword basket hilt

claymore sword basket hilt

the two handed Scottish claymore was almost double that with the weight being in the area of 5 to 6 pounds.


The basket-hilted claymore sword was a necessary advancement from legendary swords of old.  However as times change so must the weapons of the day.  While the old claymore was reliable and powerful as speed gave way to armor one left with this old relic would be at the major disadvantage in battle.  The basket-hilted claymore sword for its time was a marvel in weapons development.

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