Using a museum piece as a template, Paul Chen of Hanwei forge recreates the old Scottish Highlander Basket-Hilt Broadsword in new materials with a traditional finish. Blade and basket hand guard of stainless steel sport an antiqued patina that gives this piece the look of true age. Even the maker’s name from the original old sword appears on this reproduction’s blade.
With the name comes a little mystery, since Andrea Ferara probably did not forge the original weapon. The blade came from Germany, and after about a hundred years was re-fitted with the new Scottish basket hilt. One-handed Claymores of this kind were a response to new threats on the battlefields of the sixteenth century. Muskets made new tactics necessary, and the old two-handed Claymores were set aside in favor of lighter blades and shields. The fast Highland Charge brought swordsmen into close fighting range before musketeers could do much damage to their ranks.
Chen’s Scottish Highlander Broadsword matches the look of the best work of that day, with a grip of wire wrapped rayskin and a liner of leather covered with felt. The 33.5-inch double-edged blade is tempered high carbon stainless steel and completely functional. Overall length of this weapon is 39.75 inches, and with a weight of just over three pounds the action and balance is a good match for the swords still carried by officers of the Highland Guard.
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