Albion Armorers Munich
Original: Circa 1450-1480
This remarkable sword is a unique release from the Albion Next Generation
line. It is the result of Peter Johnsson's careful research of the sword Ewart Oakeshott
classified as Type XVIIIa.5
in his book Records of the Medieval Sword
. It is a beautiful sword residing in the Bayerisches Nationalmuseum in Munich, Germany. The sword is in excellent condition and is a testament to the abilities of medieval sword makers.
The Albion Munich is not an exact reproduction of the original. Instead, what Albion has done was to recreate nearly the exact dimensions of the blade geometry, weight and balance of the original sword, but put it together in a far less detailed package. While Albion has discussed making an exact reproduction as part of their Museum Line
in the future, such a replica will be much more expensive than this simplified version.
In addition to its significance as a historical replica, it is also an amazing weapon. The sword is agile and very nimble. It is somewhat surprising as it is not that light despite its slender appearance. Nevertheless, it strikes with both power and precision.
The physical details are also incredibly impressive. The delicate shaping of the guard and the fine and subtle decorations are precisely made. This particular sword has the optional "Gothic" wire-wrap on half of the grip, which really sets off its appearance.
See our hands-on review
for more information on this sword.
Overall length: 49.5"
Weight: 3.125 pounds
Width of guard: 8.5"
Blade: 37.25" long; 1.5" wide tapering to 0.44"
Grip length: 9.875"
Point of Balance (PoB): 4.5" from guard
Center of Percussion (CoP): ~23.5" from guard
Maker: Arms & Armor
Inspired by an original located in the Bayerisches Nationalmuseum, Munich, circa 1450-1480.