Albion Armorers Jarl
Original: Norwegian, circa 900 AD
The Albion Jarl is inspired by a sword found in the River Witham that is on display in the British Museum. The cross is a curved variant of Type S (Wheeler Type VI) with a Geibig
Type 4 blade. Where the original was silver-plated with copper-inlayed diamond shapes on the cross and hilt, this version has no further decoration on the hilt other than silver wire on the five lobed pommel. The grip is of leather over a wooden core with a central riser.
This sword is a dedicated cutter, typical of the swords of the period. The grip is long enough (3.75") for a hammer grip, but the pommel allows for a "handshake grip", with the pommel moving by the heel of the hand. This type of grip allows for the pommel to slide along the palm to increase range with long, slashing cuts.
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Overall length: 36.25 inches
Weight: 2.5 pounds
Width of guard: 4.8"
Blade: 30.25" long; 2.325" wide tapering to 1.25"
Grip and pommel: 5.1875"
Point of Balance (PoB): 5.5" from guard
Center of Percussion (CoP): ~19.5" from guard
Maker: Albion Armorers