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Scottish Swords; The Claymore, Scottish Dirk and Sgian Dubh

Sgian dubh

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If you were preparing for battle and could only bring three weapons, which would they be? Ancient Scottish warriors would have brought a Claymore for their primary weapon and a Scottish Dirk with matching Sgian Dubh for their backup.

Claymore swords had blades that were notoriously large and double-edged. These swords were basically like customized Scottish Hand And A Half Swords if you take the time to examine both styles.

This type of blade configuration was perfect for making many different types of cuts while also allowing for excellent defense.

The Scottish Dirk is well known for its SHARP “dagger-like” point which was ground to a very thin edge. These knives can come with either a single or double edge construction. Double edged Scottish Dirks allow you to have lots of cutting power, but they are also twice as dangerous so buy these with caution!

In case two swords aren’t enough, the Sgian Dubh provides quite an amazing backup to the Claymore and Scottish Dirk. While the Claymore was usually carried in the warrior’s hand, and the Dirk was worn on the belt, the Sgian Dubh is small enough to fit in a sock or pocket! This “knife” is shaped just like the Scottish Dirk and has a very sharp point.

Many knife companies today have knives designed after the legendary Sgian Dubh, and they are constantly growing in popularity.

Beware though; Sgian Dubhs were traditionally made to be “daggers”. Some states have laws specifically making it illegal to carry daggers.

So what does a Scottish Claymore look like? You can notice these swords in a crowd because of their long, straight blades with a double edge. Scottish Claymores will also have a cross guard that always intersects with the blade and is either totally straight, or slightly angled.

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