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Justin King
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PostPosted: Sat 06 Jun, 2009 7:50 am    Post subject: Albions with browned hilts...         Reply with quote

I am hoping to pay off my Vigil soon and considering the finish options. The Albion site does not seem to have a page showing the blued, browned and antiqued finshes, and a search here only turned up one or two pictures of Albions with the browned finish. Does anyone own, and/or have pics of an Albion with browned fittings?
Also does anyone know how they do the blued finish? Is it just heat blueing, cold chemical blueing or hot chemical blueing? And lastly, how have these finishes held up for those who have them?
I did see pics of a Vigil with blued fittings and a black grip which was really striking.
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PostPosted: Sat 06 Jun, 2009 10:07 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

here is/was my yeoman with antiqued hilt


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Justin King
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PostPosted: Sat 06 Jun, 2009 1:28 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Thanks for the reply, Mike. Your Yeoman turned up in my searches and there are at least a few other antiqued Albions pictured on this site including a Vigil. I am interested specifically in the browned finish like is shown on this Chieftain- http://www.myArmoury.com/talk/viewtopic.php?t...ned+albion

I am a bit disappointed that Albion has not provided any pics or info on these finish options on their site, at least that I have been able to find. they are mentioned in the print catalog I believe but I don't have one on hand, and their online sword store allows you to choose the blued and browned options when you purchase a sword there but there are no pictures, details or further info that I can find.


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PostPosted: Sat 06 Jun, 2009 1:29 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Mike Arledge wrote:
here is/was my yeoman with antiqued hilt


Its very nice! Big Grin Cool

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PostPosted: Sat 06 Jun, 2009 1:38 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Joe Fults wrote:
Mike Arledge wrote:
here is/was my yeoman with antiqued hilt


Its very nice! Big Grin Cool


I can appreciate the look of the antiqued fittings themselves but always find it odd to see fittings that are so drastically aged and distressed-looking mounted on a brand-new, shiny blade. To my eye it creates a visual contradiction that just won't blend into a pleasing whole.
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PostPosted: Sat 06 Jun, 2009 1:51 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Justin King wrote:
Joe Fults wrote:
Mike Arledge wrote:
here is/was my yeoman with antiqued hilt


Its very nice! Big Grin Cool


I can appreciate the look of the antiqued fittings themselves but always find it odd to see fittings that are so drastically aged and distressed-looking mounted on a brand-new, shiny blade. To my eye it creates a visual contradiction that just won't blend into a pleasing whole.


I think Joe was just pointing out he is now the owner of that Yeoman. Happy

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PostPosted: Sat 06 Jun, 2009 2:45 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Justin King wrote:
Thanks for the reply, Mike. Your Yeoman turned up in my searches and there are at least a few other antiqued Albions pictured on this site including a Vigil. I am interested specifically in the browned finish like is shown on this Chieftain- http://www.myArmoury.com/talk/viewtopic.php?t...ned+albion


I agree with David Stokes opinion from this thread - this browned Chieftain looks great!

Mike's Yeoman is also pretty.
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PostPosted: Mon 08 Jun, 2009 6:50 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I asked them today and apparently the browned finish as shown on that Chieftain is not currently availible as a finish option. The blueing is done with using a cold chemical process.
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PostPosted: Mon 08 Jun, 2009 7:32 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

One thing that is nice about the cold-blue finish is that it can easily be touched up with SUPERBLUE, which you can buy at any gun or sporting goods store.
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PostPosted: Mon 08 Jun, 2009 8:11 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I personally don't recommend the 'antiqued' or 'brown' finish. It is an actual 'aging' process that corrodes the hilt furniture. It literally is 'antiqued' to the point of pitting. If you're looking for that 'just found it in the tomb' look, with a new blade attached, well there you have it. Otherwise, I recommend cold bluing.

Just my .02 cents

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PostPosted: Mon 08 Jun, 2009 8:39 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Its different. I have not had it done to another sword, but on the whole, I don't find it bothersome. If it ever does get bothersome, I figure I can just spend some quality time polishing everything out. Its mainly just on the surface, its stable, so life goes on.
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