Original: Circa 1050-1350
The Albion Chevalier is a Type Xa
sword, a broad flat blade with a long fuller like a Type X
though narrowerbut not as narrow as the Type XI
. This particular blade, with the deep fuller with ridges to either side, is certainly stiff enough for thrusting as well as commanding cuts.
The Albion Chevalier has a unique hollow-ground blade with a deep central fuller patterned after the sword Xa.1 in Oakeshott's Records of the Medieval Sword
(currently in The Wallace Collection
, catalog number A.459). There is some disagreement on the age of the original sword, with Oakeshott choosing an earlier date of 1050-1150 (to place it firmly in the era of the other Type X and Type Xa samples) and the Wallace Collection attributing it to as late as the 1300s.
The pommel on this recreation is of Type Q, a wheel pommel with a flower form with a deeply recessed central depression produced in bronze. It is patterned after a pommel illustrated in the Westminster Psalter dated to 1250 AD. The cross is of an attractive flat diamond cross-section, flaring towards the ends. The grip is of dark leather with a light brown leather diamond pattern wrap secured with pins.
Overall length: 40.375"
Weight: 2.3 pounds
Width of guard: 6.75"
Blade: 33.75" long; 2" wide tapering to 1"
Grip and pommel: 5.25"
Point of Balance (PoB): 4.5" from guard
Center of Percussion (CoP): ~22" from guard
Maker: Albion Armorers