Claymore has a distinctive cross guard very different from the mainland Europe swords at the time of its popularity. Used by the Highlanders of Scotland, the sword is long and heavy. The quatre foils at the end of cross guard are particularly difficult to make and one of the signs of good craftsmanship and design. Original Claymore are few and possibly only a dozen exist according to a museum curator in England. Others are old reproductions. Cecil Quirino of Kris Cutlery have studied some specimens in Leeds & Fritz William Mus. in England and War Mus. in Paris and others.
A heavy sword with 37” blade that has a long 30” groove. Blade is 1-7/8” wide at the base and .28” thick. The prominent black iron crossguard is 11-3/4” wide with quatre foils at the end. Center of the crossguard is a langet that extends to the blade. These langets that flank the base of the blade minimizes the flexing at that junction that could otherwise result from the tang breaking. Hardwood grip is 9” long and tapers towards a thick black iron disc pommel. The sword has an excellent balance point of 4-1/2” from the guard. Total weight is 6.4 lbs. Selective hardening using oil quench was used on the blade. A total of 6 Claymore were produced in 2017.