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Nathan Robinson
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PostPosted: Sat 19 Jun, 2010 8:44 pm    Post subject: The Albion Dane         Reply with quote

I bought myself an Albion Dane two-handed sword with an Oxblood-colored grip. I ordered it awhile ago and got the call from Albion that it was done. The timing just so happened that it was completed on my birthday earlier in June. I've had it for a couple weeks now.



I'm super happy with this sword. It's agile and has really unique handling dynamics. There is a pivot point very close to the tip of the blade and so, combined with the extra long grip, it gives the sword an agility that is not normally found on swords of this size. The point control is exquisite.

Stats from Albion's site:

Specifications
Overall length: 58" (147 cm)
Blade length: 42" (106.7 cm)
Blade width at base: 1.4" (3.5 cm)
CoG: 4" (10.2 cm)
CoP: 24.5" (62.2 cm)
Weight: 4 lbs 10 oz (2.1 kg)






And just how big is it? Check it out with some other swords scattered around it:




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PostPosted: Sat 19 Jun, 2010 8:52 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Congratulations Nathan I'm seriously envious. Wink Laughing Out Loud But in a good way as I don't resent your having one only that it would certainly be something I would like.

Any opinion about the DT6168 I just ordered ? I really like the complex guard .... lets just call it a transitional sword to my finally breaking down and getting a rapier eventually.

Oh, my Longsword group also studies rapier so I might just dabble into the 16th century. Wink Razz Laughing Out Loud Cool

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PostPosted: Sat 19 Jun, 2010 11:10 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

A really beautiful sword! I like these photos much better than the ones on Albion's site. These show off the whole weapon much more clearly. Congrats on getting such a beautiful blade!
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PostPosted: Sun 20 Jun, 2010 6:18 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Beautiful pictures! Mine is oxblood, too. It's nice to get a preview. Haven't been home to see her yet.
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PostPosted: Sun 20 Jun, 2010 7:35 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Nice sword. Group shots of your collection always make me drool. You have such great stuff in it! The Dane fits in well, another beautiful sword for a beautiful collection! Congratulations on the sword!
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PostPosted: Sun 20 Jun, 2010 7:59 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I am glad to hear that you did receive something nice for your birthday Nathan. I really like the looks of the Dane as well as how it fits in nicely with the rest of your collection. Which always makes me envious when you post pictures with your latest pieces! I am looking forwards to hopefully at the minimum a mini-review of the Dane in the not so distant future.

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PostPosted: Sun 20 Jun, 2010 1:27 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Its a really sweet sword, isn't it? Ed Toton owns one, and brought it into class a few weeks ago. I fell in love with it, and regret that I didn't reserve it back when it first came out (and was much cheaper).

For anyone who's handled the Arms and Armor Montante trainer, this is a remarkably similar sword.

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PostPosted: Sun 20 Jun, 2010 5:33 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Great pictures!

I'm very happy with mine as well. I'd say it is my 3rd favorite sword: 1) Svante 2) Brescia Spadona 3) Dane
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PostPosted: Sun 20 Jun, 2010 6:31 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Bill Grandy wrote:
Its a really sweet sword, isn't it? Ed Toton owns one, and brought it into class a few weeks ago. I fell in love with it, and regret that I didn't reserve it back when it first came out (and was much cheaper).

For anyone who's handled the Arms and Armor Montante trainer, this is a remarkably similar sword.


How does the handling differ/compare with the A & A 15th century twohander ?
http://www.arms-n-armor.com/sword156.html ( For those few who don't know it )

Since I have one of those it might give me a point of comparison. ( I happen to like the A & A by the way but it is a beast but I like the reach and outdoors it doesn't feel as huge ).

Firstly I'm assuming that the Dane is easier to use one handed and certainly faster and that this comparison may be too much apples versus oranges. Wink Laughing Out Loud

Oh, I can handle the A & A one handed to a limited degree ....... sort of scary i.e. swing it fast and stop it on a dime. ( O.K. bragging a bit but true, wouldn't fight with it one handed as the weak of the sword would be impossible to control against opposition of an opponent's strong, but it's interesting testing the limits of one's control and recovery ).

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PostPosted: Sun 20 Jun, 2010 9:24 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Nathan, your photographs give us a good idea of what the sword really looks like.

When Albion is ready to release a sword to production, they should first send it to you to make the official photos for them.
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PostPosted: Sun 20 Jun, 2010 9:59 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Roger Hooper wrote:
Nathan, your photographs give us a good idea of what the sword really looks like.

When Albion is ready to release a sword to production, they should first send it to you to make the official photos for them.


I wish they would. Happy I'd totally agree to do that. It would be cheaper than standard studio rates. Haha... and I'd do a real setup, not this "throw it down and shoot it" stuff that I do for my forum shots! I'd love to do group shots of the whole lineup to get a sense of scale. That would be cool.

Thanks, Roger. I appreciate that.

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PostPosted: Sun 20 Jun, 2010 10:09 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Nathan Robinson wrote:
Roger Hooper wrote:
Nathan, your photographs give us a good idea of what the sword really looks like.

When Albion is ready to release a sword to production, they should first send it to you to make the official photos for them.


I wish they would. Happy I'd totally agree to do that. It would be cheaper than standard studio rates. Haha... and I'd do a real setup, not this "throw it down and shoot it" stuff that I do for my forum shots! I'd love to do group shots of the whole lineup to get a sense of scale. That would be cool.

Thanks, Roger. I appreciate that.


I mentioned this before in some very old Topics of a few years back that I have often decided to buy a sword because of seeing it here well photographed on "myArmoury " including a couple of Albions that the standard site photos where not enough to motivate me to reach for my credit card or Paypal account. Wink Big Grin Cool

Even if the initial cost of having Nathan do the product photography was a little greater I'm sure the extra sales due to superior photography would quickly make it worth it for the maker(s): Albion or others.

Bad product pics at a lower cost is being penny wise and pound foolish in my opinion.

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PostPosted: Mon 21 Jun, 2010 12:36 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Nathan Robinson wrote:
not this "throw it down and shoot it" stuff that I do for my forum shots!


Wow. Even your "throw down and shoot it" stuff is a hundred times better than my pictures. Mine always come out... well... crap. Would you care to elaborate on how you shoot your sword pictures (perhaps in a separate thread if that's more appropriate)? I'd love to know how you make photo's like these.
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PostPosted: Mon 21 Jun, 2010 7:29 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

You're killing me. Eek! The EBE Katzbalger, the A&A saber, the Albion Soldat and Dane, and next....

We need to talk about your estate planning. Laughing Out Loud

On a side note, I think I'm turning Swedish, I think I'm turning Swedish, I really think so....

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PostPosted: Tue 22 Jun, 2010 7:37 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I was asked via email to share a photo of some historical swords of this type and so here is a photo:



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PostPosted: Tue 22 Jun, 2010 8:05 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I have one of these in my shop right now. The Dane is very impressive indeed.

This is one of those swords (and you really need to see this in person) that you display next to another 'smaller' sword and people just go "wow!"

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PostPosted: Tue 22 Jun, 2010 11:02 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Sander Marechal wrote:
. Would you care to elaborate on how you shoot your sword pictures (perhaps in a separate thread if that's more appropriate)? I'd love to know how you make photo's like these.


Hello Sander,

The search engine will find a good number of threads on or mentioning techniques and equipment, and Nathan has chimed in on a few of them.

Here's a good article to start with:
http://www.myArmoury.com/contribute/guide_photos_gen.php

cheers,
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PostPosted: Wed 23 Jun, 2010 12:10 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Eric W. Norenberg wrote:
Here's a good article to start with:
http://www.myArmoury.com/contribute/guide_photos_gen.php


Thanks!
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PostPosted: Wed 23 Jun, 2010 4:24 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Nice shots & congrats on your new beauty!
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PostPosted: Thu 24 Jun, 2010 10:13 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Nathan Robinson wrote:
I was asked via email to share a photo of some historical swords of this type and so here is a photo:


Here is another one.

National Museum, Copenhagen, Denmark.


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