This style of Viking era sword is referred to as a Type R hilt in Petersen's Typology, due to the distinctive five-lobed pommel and straight flaring guard. Find places for this hilt form date from the 10th century. The hilt components are investment cast in mild steel from original waxes carved by Leif Hansen under the direction of Peter Johnsson, based on Peter's first-hand examination and documentation of period originals of this type. The blade is classified as a Geibig Type 3 (which some consider a sub-classification of the Oakeshott Type X), hand-ground from 1075 steel to a fine satin finish, heat-treated by hand in the Albion Forge Shop. The grip is of stabilized birch, wrapped with black leather. Specifications Overall length: 37" Blade length: 31" Grip length: 3.75" Weight: 2.75 lbs
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This sword is excellent. The blade is of proper historical proportions, with the wide tip and fuller one would expect from a Geibig type 3 Viking sword. It has a secondary bevel, but it is sharp enough for any recreational target cutting, and is easy enough to blend into the primary bevel with 400 grit sandpaper. The designs on the hilt fittings are clean and well defined, with mild casting marks across their surface, but in a way that makes it look forged. The peen is blended into the pommel so well that it is effectively invisible. I don’t love the slick, black leather grip, but that is easy enough to replace. Overall this is a beautiful piece, a fierce cutter, and a great deal for real Albion quality.
This is an extremely good Viking sword, and at such a low price for true Albion quality, it's nearly unbelievable. Beautifully balanced at just over 5 inches, this is the way a viking era sword should handle. I got mine sharpened, and the edge is perfectly even with only the slightest hint of a bevel...(you wouldn't even see the bevel unless you were in bright sunlight and holding it at just the right angle) and it's paper-cutting sharp.
Well balanced, perfect fit and finish and stunningly handsome. I own two other Albion swords from their "Next Generation" line and there is a difference in finish, but certainly not function. A sword of this quality from almost any other line would be a top end "signature" model.
I would recommend this sword to any serious cutter, collector historian or decorator. This is a jewel!