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What's the difference between a claymore and a broadsword?

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P-Kasso2:
Sitting here chatting about Scotland etc and thought I'd key in this question because none of us knows the answer.

Lots of theories...all different....but we have to get back to talking about accents and tartans along the west coast now.

Any ideas?

P-Kasso2:
It's lucky I am a patient bloke. In 2012 this question was posted.

All of 2013 went by with not an answer. Not a peep.

Now, my question has hurtled into its third record-breaking year on the books unanswered.

It even starred in the newsletter. It has been looked at 265 times.

265 times but still no answer!

Such a prolonged silence poses another couple of questions or four...

1   What is the difference between a claymore and a broadsword?

2   Isn't there anyone out there in IA-ville who knows a bit about weaponry?

3   Or are IA-ers simply far too pacifistic and cuddly to answer a cutting edge question with a military connotation?

4   Could it be that there is simply absolutely no way of finding out what the difference between a claymore and a broad sword is? I bet you'd know the difference if one hit you.

I have looked (admittedly a bit half-heartedly) on the Net and can't find any answer...can any one else turn up trumps? Over to you.

antonymous:
You have shamed me into a situation where I shall have to challenge you to a duel -Sir. Choose your weapon.
These are both broadswords - LH is a claymore ie scottish version.
   
claymore is an anglicisation of the Gaelic claidheamh mr "great sword", first attested in 1772 (as Cly-more) with the gloss "great two-handed sword".[2] The sense "basket-hilted sword" is contemporaneous, attested in 1773 as "The broad-sword now used [...] called the Claymore.
 Wiki

Basically a 'broadsword' is a 'longsword' with a flat blade with two cutting edges, the term is used to distinguish it from  the long thin, pointed rapier.

P-Kasso2:

--- Quote from: antonymous on 04 April, 2014, 08:56:40 AM ---You have shamed me into a situation where I shall have to challenge you to a duel -Sir. Choose your weapon.
These are both broadswords - LH is a claymore ie scottish version.
 
--- End quote ---

Ah, thank you Ant. It is just as I was beginning to suspect...the swords
are the same thing. Canny Scots.

Now, to the small matter of you challenging me to a duel...I accept and
I choose the Claymore as my weapon...The Claymore M18A1 to be exact.



Kerboom at ten paces!

antonymous:

--- Quote from: P-Kasso2 on 04 April, 2014, 10:55:49 AM ---
Now, to the small matter of you challenging me to a duel...I accept and
I choose the Claymore as my weapon...The Claymore M18A1 to be exact.



Kerboom at ten paces!

--- End quote ---

 Bang head As I suspected P-K - you are a font loving, barolo swigging, blackguard  and mountebank sir!

I await your deployment with great delight;
Joy

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