Arms and Armor
|Overall Length:||59 inches|
|Blade Length:||42.5 inches|
|Point of Balance:||5.75 inches from cross|
|Center of Percussion:||24.5 inches from cross|
|Hilt length:||16 inches|
|Blade width at cross:||2.25 inches|
|Blade width 2 inches from tip:||1.5 inches|
|Handle Length:||13 inches|
Performance Review: This sword is a big bruiser of a two hander and it handles accordingly. Do not purchase this sword if you want something that is "fast" or light on its feet. Rather this sword is designed for delivering powerful shearing blows and in this capacity it is excellent. The blade has a very rigid and stiff cross section, when held at the horizontal there is basically no sag in the blade despite its great length. The extremely long handle provides a lot of leverage and all of that leverage is needed by the user to swing the large weight of this particular piece around. The tip is extremely spatulate on this particular sword and not particularly suited for thrusting. This sword does not track well enough to be much of a thruster in any event, it is very cut oriented.
Appearance: This sword is built to Arms and Armor's usual standards in the aesthetic department. The blade is nicely finished with no discernible grind marks or ripples. The tip is well executed and uniform. The fit between handle and cross is tight. The handle furniture is nicely polished with only one or two minor casting pits. The qautrefoils at the cross terminals are well executed and clean. The grip is Arms and Armor's usual black stitched leather, unremarkable but very nicely done.
Conclusion: This sword is a must have for the highland enthusiast. To my mind it is probably the best "claymore" in production. In order to find better the buyer would have to purchase a fully custom piece. This is not a sword for the faint of heart, it is a large weapon and handles accordingly. It is also a nicely put together and finished piece.