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Does your collection have items inspired by Viking-age designs?
Yes, it does
43%
 43%  [ 48 ]
No, but I want to add some
21%
 21%  [ 24 ]
No, it does not
29%
 29%  [ 33 ]
Once it did, but no longer
5%
 5%  [ 6 ]
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Nathan Robinson
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PostPosted: Mon 11 Aug, 2008 12:01 am    Post subject: Aug 11: myArmoury.com news and updates         Reply with quote

Today's update:


Albion Armorers Sword of St. Maurice of Turin

A hands-on review by Steve Maly


Albion Armours Thegn Sword

A hands-on review by Kenton Spaulding


Albion Armorers Sword of St. Maurice of Turin

Added to Steve's collection


Albion Jarl Viking Sword

Added to Steve's collection


Note: this update marks the beginning of a new trend. That is, we'll be asking sort of various questions in a voting poll to get to know our audience. Take a moment and participate in the voting polls and help give feedback to us so we can better tailor the site to your needs. Thanks!


As always, you can see our Complete History of Updates listed right from our home page.
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Dan Dickinson
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PostPosted: Mon 11 Aug, 2008 4:31 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Truly an awesome update....filling in a couple of models that were missing from the available reviews.
Great job to all!
Dan
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Anders Backlund




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PostPosted: Mon 11 Aug, 2008 7:29 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

You know, I'd actually like to own a Thegn. In my eyes it's one of the more attractive viking-ish designs, and a light sword made for cutting sounds like my sort of blade.

As for the poll question; one of the shortswords I made myself is somewhat inspired by the viking single-edged swords, so by a liberal definition I guess you could say I have a viking inspired sword in my collection.

The sword is an ode to the strife of mankind.

"This doesn't look easy... but I bet it is!"
-Homer Simpson.
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PostPosted: Mon 11 Aug, 2008 7:42 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Great reviews of two swords that are very different in handling and purpose.

As for the question I guess that some things in my collection are of Viking origin or later but still similar to what was in use in Viking times, used by the Vikings designs even when the makers may have been Franks or Germans.

For swords mostly Brazil nut pommels like on my Gaddjjalt or Semi Brazil Nut/Tea Cozy like on my RavenWolf sword.

A & A Viking spear and Nordland Axe, Eric Mc hugh axe also.

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Matthew G.M. Korenkiewicz




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PostPosted: Mon 11 Aug, 2008 7:58 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Great update guys ! I can't tell you how often I poke into those to read someone's take
on a particular sword -- usually Albion -- that I'm interested in purchasing. The reviews
made my mind up on The Duke -- what I think is a very under-rated clouter ! -- The
Templar
-- another simple, but all-together whopper of a sword ! -- and YES ! The St.
Maurice
! And I really appreciate the posted picture of the historical sword, now residing
as my computer's background. B-)

But when are you guys gonna review a Saber ????? B-)

Keep up the outstanding work, makes me feel my donations are very worthwhile !
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Nathan Robinson
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PostPosted: Mon 11 Aug, 2008 10:36 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Matthew G.M. Korenkiewicz wrote:
But when are you guys gonna review a Saber ????? B-)

Do you have a saber for us to review? We'll review it. Big Grin

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PostPosted: Mon 11 Aug, 2008 11:28 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Nathan Robinson wrote:
Matthew G.M. Korenkiewicz wrote:
But when are you guys gonna review a Saber ????? B-)

Do you have a saber for us to review? We'll review it. Big Grin


I'm game if you gents here are !

I have a Cold Steel 1796 Cavalry Saber with a heavy duty metal scabbard
that I would happily send to whomever for a review, NR. In fact, I have a second
one with a leather scabbard, and I'd be happy to include the leather scabbard for
the review -- as Cold Steel offers both. It may or may not be the best production
or otherwise sword on the market, but I'll be danged if I can find more than a couple
other websites that offer anything like a variety.

PM me a name and an address and we can go from there ... B-)
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PostPosted: Mon 11 Aug, 2008 11:30 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Great updates; I was particularily interested to read the review of the Thegn as I have one currently on-order with Albion.

-Stephanie
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Nathan Robinson
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PostPosted: Mon 11 Aug, 2008 12:06 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Matthew G.M. Korenkiewicz wrote:
PM me a name and an address and we can go from there ... B-)

Thanks Matthew! With our own budgets dwindling, we have to rely on the community, both members of the site and vendors, for review samples. I've lined up a reviewer and so now we'll take this to PM to get it worked out.
Cheers!

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PostPosted: Mon 11 Aug, 2008 7:28 pm    Post subject: The Thegn's the Thing         Reply with quote

Stephanie Maks wrote:
Great updates; I was particularily interested to read the review of the Thegn as I have one currently on-order with Albion.

-Stephanie


Here's a picture of a (left to right) Gotland, Ulvbane, and Thegn. The Ulvbane is in there for what practically amounts to comic relief. Honestly, in the world of swords, if that one had a film genre then it would rhyme with "Sword Corn". But I love it dearly. It was apparently made from a model of my hand.

But back to the Thegn. You can tell from it just sitting there on the mantle how much more nimble than its companions it would be. Swift, yare, precise, lovely. The Thegn is the nicest handling of all the Albion Viking Era swords. You'll love it when it arrives.



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Nathan Robinson
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PostPosted: Tue 12 Aug, 2008 4:29 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Thanks goes out to Kenton Spaulding, a brand-new author for us!

His review on the Albion Thegn turned out great and was augmented by the photography of Thom R.

cheers to both.

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PostPosted: Tue 12 Aug, 2008 4:55 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Thanks indeed to Kenton and Thom. And thank you Jonathan - great photo of the Thegn with the two other swords, that really helps give it some perspective. The review pics and the pics at Albion are great, but it really helps when seeing a sword in some 'context' with fellow blades.

-Stephanie
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