Top 5 Best Claymore Swords of 2019

Claymore or Longsword is a Scottish cold weapon that was in use from the 15th to 17th centuries. Claymore was the first variant of the late medieval two-handed Longsword. Experts determined its popularity because the Longsword was the most used sword during medieval Europe. It was a weapon much larger than the rest, so the knights who used it had to be tall and heavyset. This sword has a fascinating history and tradition that we will talk about, but then we will also talk about its features. But first, let’s review the Top 5 Best Claymore Swords of 2019.

History

Origin of longsword

The exact time and place of origin of this sword are unknown. We know that someone made it in Scotland, but we do not know the precise location. We know that someone made it in the 13th century, but we do not know the exact year. That’s why many believe the creator of this sword is William Wallace, according to him in 1995 Braveheart movie was filmed. After his death in 1305, William’s claymore waited 200 years, and at the beginning of the 15th century, it came into the hands of knights and became the most used sword in medieval Europe.

William Wallace's longsword

claymore swords in the age of knights

Knights originated from Francia in the 8th century. Knight meant a man who rides a horse and who owns a large piece of land and in return serves king and church. People mainly compared the knights of Europe with Japanese samurai who used Katana swords. The knights began using claymores in the early 15th century until the 17th or the advent of firearms.

There are several reasons why knights used Claymore or long sword, but we will list the most pleasant ones. The main reason why people chose this sword is that its size and weight are almost twice as large as the standing swords, that means that the impact strength is also twice stronger.  That means that in most cases, it made knights a favorite in every fight.

Scottish claymore in the age of knights

Cool features of Claymore swords

blade length

In the previous paragraphs, we mentioned that this sword is much larger than the common ones. This massive blade length is reasonably substantial because it adds strength to the sword when you strike. But, you need to be careful if you are not a big build, a giant sword length will be problematic because it can cause serious injury while handling it. In short, the blade length of claymore blade ranges from 39 to 47 inches.

blade thricnekss

Because this sword is large, the creators have had to find ways to reduce weight for a sword to be practical. They solved this problem by reducing the thickness of the blade. The blade is initially even 0.4 inches thick; You will agree that this thickness is enormous for this weapon. Therefore, forgers reduced the blade thickness to an acceptable 0.25 or 0.3 inches over time. By reducing the thickness, the claymore lost some weight but was much better for handling and fencing.

blade material

Throughout the history of this Scottish sword, people across Europe used steel because it was the best and the highest quality material in that time. Over time, people have advanced steel and made better quality material than it was in the Middle Ages. So today the most represented material used for Longsword is carbon steel. Carbon steel is lighter than classic steel but is far stronger and more resistant to wildlife. Of course, there are other materials which forgers use for sword’s blade, but this one is the most represented.

blade width

First, to clarify some things, the width of the blade on guard and the top is not the same. So we will list both widths to give you an idea of how large it should be. Of course, the angle of reduction of the width from guard to top is an essential item. Yes, the angle of modification of the blade may be slight, but it will undoubtedly depend on whether the top is sharp or rounded. The width of the guard blade should be about 2.1 inches, and the head should be about 0,8-1,2 inches- depending on the model.

blade width of Top 5 Best Claymore Swords of 2019 for sale

handle length of claymore

We have already stated that the blade has a great longitude, so it is when it comes to grip. The handle of this sword is far longer than other cold weapons on the market. There is one reason why the handle is so long. The exact reason why this sword has a long handle is because it creates balance and the sword is easier to use. All in all, the handle length is approximately 13 inches; You will agree that it is a lot.

handle length of of best claymore swords

Handle material for Longsword

Claymore, like all other cold weapons, must be full tang to stay in one piece during combat. Therefore , we will only talk about the handle material on the surface layer. We will first mention the elements of comfort, and those uncomfortable and slippery will leave for some other weapons.

  • Rubber

Rubber is the first of three options for handle material for the long sword. A good quality rubber is quite comfortable and long-lasting, while a cheap rubber is uncomfortable, slippery, and leaves a bad smell on your hands.

  • leather

We mentioned the leather in any review on our site so far, so here is the same case. According to the customers, this is one of the best materials used for the surface layer of the handle.

  • textile

Textile or cotton are materials that can be a little rough. But if you do your best and invest very little money and time, you can find a very high-quality textiles. The good feature of this material is that you can easily change it if cleavage occurs.

handle thrckness

There are several types of handle for this sword. It is not a big difference between them, just the shape of the handle. That means that some species are thicker in the pommel, some in the guard and some in the middle. The v-shaped handle has a thickness of pommel of 1 inch, while in guard it can be up to 2 inches. A straight handle should have a thickness of 1.5 inches to 2., and the last type of handle is one that is thicker in the middle than at the ends. The thickness at the ends may be between 1 and 1.5 inches while at the center about 2 inches.

material for sheath

We will be short here since this is a big sword that means it’ll need a great sheath. That means that elements such as leather or cotton we will remove immediately. These materials, like leather or cotton, we will put aside. The best materials for the sheath are wood and metal. If the wood is too light, and the metal is too heavy, the best option is to combine that two metals and get a reliable and durable sheath.

best sheath materials for claymore sword