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- CLAYMORE:

The Scottish Claymore was usually identified with the Scots as a symbol of pride and strength. The Claymore, or "Claidheamh-mor" (Great Sword) in Gaelic is a two handed broad sword utilized by the Scottish Highlander throughout several centuries. Used in the constant clan warfare and border fights with the English from 1500 t0 1650 and still in use as late as the Rebellion of 1745, the two-handed Claymore seems to be an offshoot of earlier broadswords as they were developed into great-swords.

It was said that the bearer of a Claymore needed no shield (how could he carry one, anyway?) because the reach of the sword provided its own protection. A favorite weapon of the fierce Highlanders of Scottland, the claymore was a fearsome presence on the battlerfield.

These beautiful two-handed swords are reproductions of the 16th century models. They feature the traditional angled quillions ending in quatrefoils along with massive pommels to balance the 39-inch tempered steel blades. Featuring polished steel hardware, any highlander would be proud to own one of these impressive weapons!


-CENTURION Sword:

"Dating back nearly 2,100 years this extraordinary blade represented the height of weaponry during Rome's barbaric fascination with gladiatorial combat. According to Methos, its short broader based blade made it lighter and easier to maneuver which was key strategy when the fighting wore on. "The longer the battle, the worse it was," he said. "I watched men so crippled with fatigue that they could barely lift their swords from the ground. When that happened it was, of course, their death knell." Methos salvaged the blade from the beheaded body of a fallen gladiator who had been left to the whims of the vultures. "Removing any article from a deal gladiator was vehemently forbidden and punishable by cruxifixcion," he said. "But his fate held such powerful symbolism for an Immortal. "

This style of sword is known as a gladius hispaniensis and dates from at least the early part of the first century BC. It was essentially a thrusting sword capable of rupturing mail.


- Viking sword:

The Vikings are known as great warriors. This reputation is based on what we know about their weapons and battle tactics. The Viking Age that began so fearsomely in the 800’s tapered off in the 12th century much to the relief of many Europeans. The Vikings were Nordic people -- Danes, Swedes and Norwegians -- who sometimes sailed out of Scandinavia in hundreds of longboats to loot and pillage coastal cities.

Laws of the late Viking period show that all free men were expected to own weapons, and magnates were expected to provide them for their men. The main offensive weapons were the spear, sword and battle-axe, although bows and arrows and other missiles were also used. Weapons were carried not just for battle, but also as symbols of their owners' status and wealth.


-EXCALIBUR:

"The Lady of the Lake — her arm clad in the purest shimmering samite, held aloft Excalibur from the bosom of the water, signifying by divine providence that I, Arthur, was to carry Excalibur. THAT is why I am your king!"

King Arthur's history and legend is intimately linked to the magic and mystery of this magnificent sword, "Excalibur." As Merlin the wizard proclaimed, only one shall be able to remove the sword from the stone, and he shall be king.

Arthur knelt in front of the stone and took the sword and beheld his destiny. He later took Excalibur to the cathedral and offered it at the holy altar. Arthur was anointed with the Sacred Oil and in the presence of all the common people whereas he solemnly swore to be a loyal king and to defend Truth and Justice all the days of his life.

The actual facts of King Arthur's life have been mixed through time and legend, yet the story of King Arthur, his noble Knights of the Round Table, and this legendary magic sword "Excalibur" remain popular and have great appeal to a vast and loyal audience today.


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