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Happy and Prosperous Holiday Season
to all of our
Friends and Customers,
from all of us here at Albion!
And, since its that time of year again - for anyone who hasn't read co-founder Howy's Christmas Story, here it is once again.
Pre-orders have begun to ship.
Preview of a new Museum Line Hallmark Sword -
The Søborg Sword
During excavations at Søborg castle a number of swords have been unearthed. Many of these are preserved in the National Museum in Copenhagen. One of them (inventory number D 8801) is an especially fine example of a long bladed knightly sword from the high medieval period. The original sword is featured as XI.3 in Oakeshott's "Records of the Medieval Sword."
Albion's Museum Line recreation of this sword from Peter's detailed documentation is exact in every detail to the original sword. Our official announcement will be made on Monday, complete with specifications and a short article by Peter Johnsson about the complex geometry of this sword.
The reserve price for this sword is $2,530.
Last Minute Christmas Shopping Got You Down?
Try Albion Gear!
Lars has officially launched his sister company, Albion Gear. He has many products available, many more in development, and is open to suggestions as well! Congratulations, Lars!
See preview photos of our latest Museum Line sword, The Ljubljana, developed in cooperation with the National Museum of Slovenia, on the Albion Facebook page!
And the winner of the ARMA Sword Raffle is... Ian Mac Pharlaine! Congratulations, Ian!
Mark Ryan (BBC's Robin of Sherwood, Transformers), will be joining Mike and Lars the Albion booth at Chicago Comic Con 2012!
We are forced to announce an across the board 10% price increase, effective July 1, 2012, for all items other than Maestro Line swords.
We dislike doing this, especially in this economy, but it is a fiscal necessity. However, as we have always done, any order placed before July 1, 2012 will be honored at the old price, including layaway/payment plans and pre-orders of swords in development.
Introducing... The Maximilian Landesknecht Sword
The Albion Sword
by Lars Hansen
A New Hallmark Museum Line Sword
The Prototype of the 90th Anniversary Sword of Zorro has been completed!
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... I haven't written for a while but: since last transmission I have thoroughly enjoyed my Talhoffer and wish to say again Well Done - she's a beaut.
Also, today my father brought me a wonderful "welcome home from the combat again" gift of a Reeve.
The weapon is absolutely sublime!
It is truly delightful in all aspects and I wanted to let you know that you've truly out done yourselves on the Reeve. Marvelous!
When I purchased my first Albion I had no idea that I would become so addicted to your products. I am now the proud owner of seven and fully intend to continue increasing my collection as funds are available.
Thanks again, have a great weekend, and please keep up the fantastic work, customer service, and the whatnot. Take care!
...Muppets? Swords? Muppets with swords? The two couldn’t be more different.
Or maybe… maybe they both speak of something former, objects from a distant time that still want to speak to us of something now. Puppetry, one of the oldest forms of telling stories. Swords, one of the oldest instruments of waging war.
But now, in this Digital Age, stories flash by on LCD screens. Wars are fought by joystick. Our bodies, the physicality of our lives, the touch of felt, the temperature of steel, the scent of leather, the sound and sight and smell of a friend or a foe – all of it is eroding in the acid rain of bits and bytes.
Everywhere connectedness, it disconnects us.
But, there are craftsmen that still believe the old ways are deeper and truer. These puppets here (included), they are of course mass-produced by factory robots.
But the real ones, they’re constructed by artists and artisans, by hand, one cut, one stitch, one dye at a time. And then, with that same hand, they come alive.
Or do we?
Not unlike the swords made by Albion!
The Jim Henson Company
...I've been out of town and just now was able to unpack and enjoy the [Discerner] sword. All is can say is that it is like holding a dream made into reality.
I've been pining away for this sword for many years and never thought I would have the chance to own one. Thanks again for all the hard work you and your staff had put into this. It clearly shows.
Now on to my second sword!! Of course it will be from Albion.
I would like to extend my sincerest gratitude to you for this incredible
sword I now possess!
It's handling characteristics are exactly what one
should expect from a single hand messer, and it looks extremely beautiful to
I would also like to thank you for the excellent customer service and
communication I was provided with while waiting for my latest addition.
sincere thank you from the bottom of my heart.
...The Tyrolean just arrived and luckily, it made it intact.
Now for the good part.
This sword is amazing.
Huge, yet very easy to use. This would clear
pikes or whatever else was thrown against it with ease.
Your crew did a fantastic job on making mine and I thank you all very
I am glad I went with the campaign brown for the grip. The person who
did the dying on the leather made an excellent job of it.
The furniture was very well done and the blade is perfect. The design
by Peter and the execution by Albion is absolutely flawless.
The Principe sword you sent last month is much the same. Flawless work
and a beautiful design.
I am very proud and grateful to own two such
After all the years I have dealt with you, the quality is always
there, and it still is.
Now I have these paid off, I can and will order the Ljubljana sword.
Please keep up the excellent work.
All the best,
...The spatha has arrived and let me tell you, it was a wonder to behold. It is simply a beautiful work of art despite its original intent. Overall, I could not be more pleased.
The blade is obviously fantastic, but the wood work and handle is exceptional. It was a great style choice and adds a substantial amount of richness to the sword.
Thank you again for all your assistance. I am already planning my next purchase and once my money starts rolling in, I will get with you.
I'm thinking another gladius will be in order.
...This message is a little overdue, but I wanted to let you know that the Principe arrived safe and sound on Monday.
I am very impressed with how light the sword feels given its massive appearance! Despite being nearly a pound heavier than my Crecy it doesn't feel it when in motion (though you start to notice it when holding it still for extended periods of time).
Overall fit and finish is excellent, as usual. I am also very pleased with the textured grip; it really adds a lot aesthetically to the sword as well as a very secure grip. The diagonal lines along the top and bottom are also a nice touch.
Overall, I am very glad I stuck with it, and it was worth the wait.
I am not sure when my next order will be, but as always Albion is at the top of my list. Take care!
…I just got my Fiore in the mail, and I gotta say, it is a gorgeous sword!
Thank you to everyone there for creating such excellent pieces.
I'm definitely investing my next blade with you.
-- Jesse M
...I just received the Albion Vigil I ordered and I love it.
Let me tell you something, I have bought swords from other reputable companies and I have liked them all but you guys are the best, hands down.
There is no one out there that makes swords as well as you guys and to top it off, you have the most reliable customer service by far.
I'm dead serious, you guys are the best at everything.
...Just wanted to share with you a pic from my wedding last weekend, where I spoke my vows upon the steel of my Laird sword from Albion.
The final detail that made the day perfect. Thanks for your dedication to fine workmanship and superior service!
-- Craig C.
...All I can say is... WOW!
I ordered and received two of Albion's Maestro Liechtenauer sparring
swords and words cannot really express the beauty and emotion one
I am truly impressed with the craftsmanship, quality and
accuracy of these blades. Sparring or not, these works of art are
worthy of all the praise they muster.
I am already looking forward to my future orders with Albion. Please
continue to execute such fine work and your efforts to maintain the
resurrection of HEMA through craftsmanship on par with no other.
Delighted, Elated and Happy...
-- James T
...Just a quick note to let you know that my Cluny arrived safe and sound today with no further questions.
With the possible exception of the Svante this must be the most perfect Albion yet.
The attention to detail is stunning and the balance and handling is superb.
Craftsmanship is top notch and, with the thrilling story of the original, this package is top drawer.
Thank you my friend.
In Hoc Signo Vinces
...The Maximilian arrived a couple of days ago and it’s had my full attention ever since.
The aesthetic details are striking. The writhen-style furniture and the blades double fullers give the sword an air of quality, without seeming overbearing.
You’ve really perfected your method of covering the grip and try as I might I’m unable to locate the seam.
The level of fit and finish is unsurprising, in that it’s your typical high level of clean execution. I have to admit that I was surprised by the Maximilian's handling qualities.
This is a big sword and as you know I’m a lover of big swords. I was expecting a good deal of heft with the Maximilian and while it has that, it doesn’t compromise the swords handling qualities which are quite nice.
It takes a good deal of knowledge and experience to produce a sword of this size that possesses this type of dynamic handling ability.
The Albion team should be proud of their success in achieving such attributes with this latest entry.
Overall the Maximilian is one of your most impressive efforts to date.
Some of your models have already become somewhat of an industry standard for their type and I predict the Maximilian will be such a sword.
...At long last, after months of waiting, I finally had a chance to handle my new Senlac.
She is a gorgeous cutting sword. I was surprised to discover how lively she feels in hand, and what a slender yet deadly blade!
The Senlac is a joy to handle paired with a shield and lends herself to dynamic and ferocious fighting.
Albion has delivered another winning sword, but what else would I expect?
Thanks again to everyone in the Albion crew for helping to make such a classic, high medieval sword.
...I just received one of the antiqued Castellan swords from the Moat Sale. Even in its rusted state, I can see and feel that this is a fine sword with a highly agile blade.
The Type V pommel has depth and character, and fits nicely in hand, and the flared Type 11 guard is very elegant.
Ironically, the Castellan is not a sword that I had ever planned on buying, but now that I've got it I'm glad that I did.
Special thanks to Mike Sigman who, having heard what I intended to use the sword for, exchanged the antiqued Castellan I had requested on his own initiative because the other antiqued Castellan was better suited for what I had in mind. Now that's customer service.
Thanks once again to the Albion team; I am looking forward to cleaning my sword up, and making a grip for her. Another fine piece by Albion Swords.
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