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David McElrea




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PostPosted: Mon 05 Jul, 2004 5:37 am    Post subject: Patrick's Baron Review         Reply with quote

Hi Patrick,

I just wanted to commend you for writing one of the best reviews I've seen yet. Well done for incorporating commentary from Chad A and Peter J-- also for setting the Baron within its historical and modern (i.e. Albion) context. You've set a great precedent for reviews from here on out, I think.

One thing surprised me-- I imagined the blade would be a bit longer then 7 5/8 inches Wink

One minor "typo" aside, thanks for the great work!

Yours,

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PostPosted: Mon 05 Jul, 2004 9:21 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

yes i agree thats one of the best reviews on here ,the trouble is it make me even more tempted to buy one as a matching partner to my Knight.
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PostPosted: Mon 05 Jul, 2004 11:52 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Superb review, Patrick!

Shortly before the Atl. Blade Show, I changed my Albion order from a Duke to the Baron. After handling the sword at the show and reading your review, I'm thrilled that I should have mine in a couple of weeks.

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PostPosted: Mon 05 Jul, 2004 1:21 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Thanks Guys!

I'm glad that everyone enjoyed the review. I was very happy with the way that it turned out.

I decided to solicit a few comments from Peter, since he designed the sword after all. I really like the concept of including imput from the maker/designer. This is something that I'm going to try to do from now on, whenever possible. Regarding Chads comments: This is another concept that we'd like to impliment. Round-Robin style reviews have a lot of merit, since the reader gets more than one point of view. So in the future we'll be hitting others up for their opinions.

Rest assured, we'll get that typo corrected ASAP Eek!

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PostPosted: Tue 06 Jul, 2004 9:37 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Lee Watts wrote:
yes i agree thats one of the best reviews on here ,the trouble is it make me even more tempted to buy one as a matching partner to my Knight.


Lee,

I bought this sword to serve as a companion for my Big Johnsson (Type X made by Peter Johnsson). I think it works very well for this purpose, so it would work equally well with your Knight. The only thing better would be a XIIa actually made by Peter!

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PostPosted: Tue 06 Jul, 2004 9:40 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

J.G. Grubbs wrote:
Superb review, Patrick!

Shortly before the Atl. Blade Show, I changed my Albion order from a Duke to the Baron. After handling the sword at the show and reading your review, I'm thrilled that I should have mine in a couple of weeks.

Regards,

James


I think you made a good choice James. I had initially considered the Duke as well but decided that I prefered the look of the Baron. The blades profile, and the pommel design, add a lot of needed detail to an austere design.

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PostPosted: Tue 06 Jul, 2004 5:09 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Hi Patrick,
That was an excellent review. You've sold me on the Baron, that's for sure. I think Albion would find sending you swords to review on a frequent basis a very wise business move mate.

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I bought this sword to serve as a companion for my Big Johnsson (Type X made by Peter Johnsson). I think it works very well for this purpose, so it would work equally well with your Knight. The only thing better would be a XIIa actually made by Peter!


I am in negotiations as we speak! bwahaha etc. Laughing Out Loud
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PostPosted: Tue 06 Jul, 2004 5:24 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Taylor Ellis wrote:
Hi Patrick,
That was an excellent review. You've sold me on the Baron, that's for sure. I think Albion would find sending you swords to review on a frequent basis a very wise business move mate.

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I bought this sword to serve as a companion for my Big Johnsson (Type X made by Peter Johnsson). I think it works very well for this purpose, so it would work equally well with your Knight. The only thing better would be a XIIa actually made by Peter!


I am in negotiations as we speak! bwahaha etc. Laughing Out Loud


Thanks Taylor,

Do you mean that you're in negotiations with Peter? If so, you've made an outstanding choice. Of course an Albion wouldn't be a bad second Laughing Out Loud

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PostPosted: Tue 06 Jul, 2004 5:30 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Taylor Ellis wrote:
Hi Patrick,I think Albion would find sending you swords to review on a frequent basis a very wise business move mate.

I'm definitely trying! It just hasn't worked out yet. The Next Gen models have been so popular, that there hasn't really been any available for review samples.

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PostPosted: Tue 06 Jul, 2004 7:16 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Patrick Kelly wrote:



I think you made a good choice James. I had initially considered the Duke as well but decided that I prefered the look of the Baron. The blades profile, and the pommel design, add a lot of needed detail to an austere design.



I agree wholeheartedly, Patrick. The small details (espaecially the cross potent in the pommel) really drove my decision. I also seem to have much more of an affinity for clean, simple lines since I got my Peacemaker. Prior to that, I was more of a "flashy" sword afficianado. The pure, visible functionality of the Baron is very powerful to me. With my newfound interest in "cutters" I think it will round out my very small collection quite well.

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PostPosted: Tue 06 Jul, 2004 9:27 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

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Thanks Taylor,

Do you mean that you're in negotiations with Peter? If so, you've made an outstanding choice. Of course an Albion wouldn't be a bad second Laughing Out Loud

Yeah, I've got a spot with Kevin Cashen coming up soon, and am going over stuff with Peter. Just a case of what to get from each! The XIIa is my favourite type of sword, so maybe I'll get one from each! Happy
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PostPosted: Wed 07 Jul, 2004 6:11 am    Post subject: Stats         Reply with quote

Interesting. I just noticed that the Baron weighs more, is longer, and has a wider blade (at least at the guard) than Albion's Duke.
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PostPosted: Wed 07 Jul, 2004 11:13 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I'm glad people have enjoyed the review. It was cool to be a small part of it.

The Baron is quite a sword. It's my new favorite. At least until the Sovereign arrives. Happy

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