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Howard Waddell
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PostPosted: Tue 03 Jul, 2007 8:13 am    Post subject: Introducing... The Stamford         Reply with quote

The newest addition to our Viking line-up.



Specifications
Overall length: 35.875" (91.12 cm)
Blade length: 30.25" (76.8 cm)
Blade width: 2.25" (5.7 cm)
CoG: 5.375" (13.6 cm)
CoP: 19.5" (49.5 cm)
Weight: 2 lbs 9 oz (1.17 kilos)

More photos here:

http://www.albion-swords.com/swords/albion/ne...amford.htm
http://www.albion-swords.com/swords/albion/ne...photos.htm

This is a great shield-biter of a sword - the pommel will take some getting used to, like most short-gripped Viking swords, but it feels like it will go through anything...

Best,

Howy

Albion Swords Ltd
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Mike Arledge




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PostPosted: Tue 03 Jul, 2007 8:40 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

That sure was quick! Very nice! Need to get one now!!
Mike J Arledge

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Tim Lison




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PostPosted: Tue 03 Jul, 2007 9:03 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Looks great guys, another success! I had been considering a Reeve but this will now be my next Albion purchase. I love it!
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Robin Smith




PostPosted: Tue 03 Jul, 2007 9:37 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I've already got two swords from you guys that should be here sometime this month, and you guys have to release this now? Thanx guys. My fiance is going to kill me....
All kidding aside. This is a great looking sword guys. Guess I gotta start saving so I can get a Stamford. It would look great there next to my Reeve and Senlac...

A furore Normannorum libera nos, Domine
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Edward Hitchens




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PostPosted: Tue 03 Jul, 2007 7:47 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I've never been a fan of that style of pommel; for that matter, I've never really gotten into Viking swords. But this piece is just awesome! Well done indeed!
"The whole art of government consists in the art of being honest." Thomas Jefferson
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Hugo Voisine




PostPosted: Tue 03 Jul, 2007 7:54 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Looks nasty. I like that ! Got to have one Albion viking one day...
« Que dites-vous ?... C'est inutile ?... Je le sais !
Mais on ne se bat pas dans l'espoir du succès !
Oh ! non, c'est bien plus beau lorsque c'est inutile ! »
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PostPosted: Tue 03 Jul, 2007 8:08 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Edward Hitchens wrote:
I've never been a fan of that style of pommel; for that matter, I've never really gotten into Viking swords. But this piece is just awesome! Well done indeed!



I used to not like Brazil nut pommels before I got the gaddhjalt but now I really appreciate them.

I sort of like the tea cosie or D shaped pommels now even if I haven't handled one yet.

I actually find these pommels very user friendly when one gets used to them: They really lock your hand on the grip so that even a slightly relaxed grip won't let the sword escape or slip out easily.

Really nice looking sword and a welcome addition to the Albion line.

You can easily give up your freedom. You have to fight hard to get it back!
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B. Stark
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PostPosted: Tue 03 Jul, 2007 8:43 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

TWO thumbs up!!!!
"Wyrd bi∂ ful aræd"

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James C.




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PostPosted: Tue 03 Jul, 2007 9:21 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

That Stamford looks nice! I was looking at the Albion site earlier today, intending to look at longswords, but this sword caught my attention. I like the less ornate pommel and cross used on this Viking Line model.
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PostPosted: Wed 04 Jul, 2007 5:42 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I do not know how I could manage to save for this sword,(I just purcheased a del tin 2148) but I have to get one.
I think this sword is more than a great albion sword in the way that it is a transition sword between specific times of European history.
So..if any of you guys get it before me ..a review is very appreciated.

Onur
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Jeremiah Swanger




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PostPosted: Wed 04 Jul, 2007 11:47 am    Post subject: Re: Introducing... The Stamford         Reply with quote

Howard Waddell wrote:
The newest addition to our Viking line-up.

More photos here:

http://www.albion-swords.com/swords/albion/ne...amford.htm
http://www.albion-swords.com/swords/albion/ne...photos.htm


I find that the shorter cross and Tea-Cosy pommel lend a very intriguing "transitional" appearance to the sword-- it sits right smack between the more traditional Peterson Type K and Type R, which have straight crosses and straight upper (the one riveted to the pommel?) guards, and the Oakeshott Type X. Would this sword count as a Wheeler Type VIIIa?

It has an almost "Darwinian" quality to it that the reproduction market has largely been missing...

I think it looks really cool! Cool

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Rhaegar fought valiantly.
Rhaegar fought honorably.
And Rhaegar died."

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Patrik Erik Lars Lindblom




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PostPosted: Thu 05 Jul, 2007 8:46 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I can't understand how a so simple design can be so beautiful,
that is a real direct hit, Howy! Cool

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Patrik
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Allen Andrews




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PostPosted: Thu 05 Jul, 2007 9:16 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I really like this sword. The design seems to grow on me each time I look at it. I would love to do some cutting with it! That being said, the words I REALLY want to hear from Albion are: Introducing....the Dane!
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