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Howard Waddell
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PostPosted: Mon 17 Mar, 2014 2:48 pm    Post subject: Introducing... The Arch Duke         Reply with quote

Introducing the Baron on Steroids!

OL: 55" (140 cm)
BL: 41" (104 cm)
BW: 2.19" (5.56 cm)
COG: 4.25" from guard (10.8 cm)
COP: 24" from guard (70 cm)
Weight: 5 lbs 6 oz (2.4 kilos)
Grip length: 11.25" (28.6 cm)
Guard width: 10.25" (26 cm)

Price: $1,550 + shipping and handling

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Howy of Albion

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Bryan Heff




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PostPosted: Mon 17 Mar, 2014 2:58 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I think this one is fantastic and is my personal favorite of the 3 models using that blade. I would love to see pictures of the Arch Duke next to your other Great swords (Baron, Duke...heck put the Count and Steward in there too!)

This is a great looking sword.

The church is near but the roads are icy. The tavern is far but I will walk carefully. - Russian Proverb
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Craig Peters




PostPosted: Mon 17 Mar, 2014 9:19 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Is the Arch Duke based upon a specific sword or swords?
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Ben Coomer




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PostPosted: Mon 17 Mar, 2014 9:23 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Love it.

Out of curiosity, is there a specific historical model this is based off of?

Now to start pinching some pennies...
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PostPosted: Mon 17 Mar, 2014 9:55 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

My goodness! That is one BIG sword! Great work again from the fine folks at Albion!!!!
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PostPosted: Tue 18 Mar, 2014 1:35 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Thank you guys!

The Arch Duke is like many other companions in the Next Generation Line not based on one single individual sword.
Over the past few years I have made special effort to document great swords of type XIIa and XIIIa during my "pilgrimages".

These impressions and the collected body of data has been the basis for this design. While the Arch Duke can be described as a generic example of its type, its handling characteristics, its heft and dynamic properties are like that of authentic well preserved examples of the family.

It is big and massive, but has a smooth and appealing heft.
The hexagonal cross section of the blade is pretty common for the really big type XIIa and XIIIa swords of the late 13th and 14th century. Double fullers are less common but not unheard of.
Since we had a large type XIIIa blade developed for the 16th century two handers, it seemed such a waste not to offer a good high medieval Grete Twa-hand Swerd using that same blade.
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PostPosted: Tue 18 Mar, 2014 7:53 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Sweet, Howy! Now, what we need are some zweihanders! Also, a REAL Scottish lowlander would not get kicked out of bed by me. You can do it....you da man! Laughing Out Loud Laughing Out Loud Laughing Out Loud ...........McM
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Ben Coomer




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PostPosted: Tue 18 Mar, 2014 11:20 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Wonder how it would function with some of the Renaissance two-hander manuals that are floating around...
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Adam Rose




PostPosted: Tue 18 Mar, 2014 11:38 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Archduke is actually one word, though (unless you mean an arch duke?)
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Matthew P. Adams




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PostPosted: Tue 18 Mar, 2014 12:03 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Mark Moore wrote:
Sweet, Howy! Now, what we need are some zweihanders! Also, a REAL Scottish lowlander would not get kicked out of bed by me. You can do it....you da man! Laughing Out Loud Laughing Out Loud Laughing Out Loud ...........McM


THIS Big Grin

8 more inches on the blade and 2 in the grip and I'd be in!

"We do not rise to the level of our expectations. We fall to the level of our training" Archilochus, Greek Soldier, Poet, c. 650 BC
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Howard Waddell
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PostPosted: Tue 18 Mar, 2014 1:34 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Adam Rose wrote:
Archduke is actually one word, though (unless you mean an arch duke?)


He's feeling a little playful right now (being the new guy), but he will calm down and become just the ArchDuke in time for his announcement on the Albion page - I promise.

Thanks for pointing it out!

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Howy

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Bartek Strojek




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PostPosted: Tue 18 Mar, 2014 1:43 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

It seems like it may be almost the biggest Albion sword....

So Sword Growth Hormone, save steroids. Razz

Were ~ 14th century great XIIIa getting that big indeed?

I keep finding ~ 130 cm ones, but not quite 140, 2.5 kg beasts.

Then again, I've mostly seen polish literature on this.
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Eric W. Norenberg





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PostPosted: Wed 19 Mar, 2014 10:26 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Bartek Strojek wrote:


Were ~ 14th century great XIIIa getting that big indeed?....


The Oakeshott typology articles here on mA show a couple of type XIIA and XIIIA great swords in the 39 - 42" range, and there are a couple more examples of similarly sized swords in the type XX article.

If the Archduke's section was lenticular I wouldn't even bring this up, but with the hexagonal section and the multiple fullers I'd argue that it could fall into either the XIIIA or the XX category. Put different furniture on the blade - scent stopper pommel and a wider, slightly down swept cross - and, with its size, it would be a passable type XX model.

I think. Maybe.
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PostPosted: Wed 19 Mar, 2014 10:48 am    Post subject: markgraf         Reply with quote

Howard when is the markgraf. Type XIX. Going to be released
thats truly a work of Art

Much respect

Tim
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Mike Ruhala




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PostPosted: Thu 20 Mar, 2014 6:09 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I absolutely love the Baron, I only wished it was a bit larger and now such a thing exists! It'll be tough to choose between the Archduke and the Tyrolean when the time comes. I'm eagerly awaiting the Markgraf myself, I hope it becomes a reality soon.
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