The William Wallace Sword, from the ultimate “man’s movie” Braveheart. No real man can deny how inspiring, exhilarating and exciting the movie was. (btw if you are a living breathing guy over the age of 9 and you haven’t seen it then head to Amazon right now and Buy The Blue Ray, I’m very serious, this will be here when you finish watching it).
The William Wallace sword is not exactly surplus, but it is a military weapon from the 13th century (and most of the readers here love Braveheart). A book called ‘Wild At Heart‘ (great book, highly recommend it) partly inspired me to write this about this weapon and man.
William Wallace’s Sword is a Claymore used by the Man’s man Wallace (played by Mel Gibson in the movie). The real William Wallace lived from 1271 – 1305, and was a Scottish Knight who led his countrymen to rebel against English oppression of the day. The sword itself is huge, measuring 5 feet 6 inches long (the shaft 4 feet 4 inches). Wallace himself was a very tall and strong man to use a large sword like this effectively.
When you watch a movie like Braveheart, you usually get fired up as he tries to defend his woman, lead the small group of Scotts against a much larger English force, and we all remember the speech he gave right before the battle:
It’s something us men need to consider when there is a challenging or dangerous situation in our lives. Is living like a coward for the rest of your life really worth living?
My opinion is no, I think many guys need to take a chapter from William Wallace and start acting like real men. This may make some of you angry, that we should all be sensitive, more caring guys, but that is not the way we were created.
William Wallace, in his most famous battle (The battle of Stirling Bridge), had about 5,000 men (just 100 of them knights). The English army was 50,000 foot soldiers, 4,000 archers, and 1,000 heavy cavalry knights. But Wallace, was not intimidated by this. He let half the English army cross over the Stirling bridge, then signaled his men who were hiding below the bridge to take out the supports. The bridge collapsed and killed many English soldiers. The commanders of the English army did not know what to do except watch in horror as their divided army was split and being massacred. The commanders did know how to do one thing, run, like cowards they ran until they hit the English border.
It may not be politically correct to be a man like William Wallace in today’s day and age, but ask yourself this: do politically correct pansies get statues erected of them? Feel free to leave your comment on this subject to let us know what you think.
Buy A Movie Replica of William Wallace Sword (this is the officially licensed one)
Written by Bill Wayne, member of the Best Military Surplus team