Original: English, circa 1425-50
The Albion Kingmaker is an Oakeshott Type XVIII
sword, which "is the very quintessence of the true, age-old cut and thrust fighting sword; its form and function goes back to the Middle Bronze Age of circa 1000 BC" (Records of the Medieval Sword
, Ewart Oakeshott, 1991, p. 171). With the flattened diamond form along with a longitudinal mid-rib, it is capable of both strong cuts while being stiff enough for the well-placed thrust. The Type XVIII, along with the Type XV
, Type XVI
, and Type XVII
, came into vogue as the weapon vs. defense race moved into the plate armour era, and these trusting types became useful. Even though the sword began taking a backseat to the axe, mace and hammer, the sword remained as the symbol of honor and prestige.
The Kingmaker has a hollow-ground blade that tapers strongly and ends in an awl-like point. The pommel is Type K, which is a wheel pommel with a deeply recessed central depression. The cross is the attractive Style 9, which "is of flat ribbon-like section with its width at right angles to the plane of the blade…in most cases this ribbon-section is elegantly complex, for, though it is flat on the top, the underside is triangular" (Oakeshott, 1991, p. 13). The grip is of light brown "campaign-worn" leather with a central riser.
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for more information on this sword.
Overall length: 39.25"
Weight: 2.8 pounds
Width of Guard: 7.75"
Blade: 32.25" long; 1.87" wide tapering to .5"
Grip and Pommel: 6.75"
Point of Balance (PoB): 4.25" from guard
Center of Percussion (CoP): ~20" from guard
Maker: Albion Armorers