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Søren Niedziella
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PostPosted: Tue 06 Jan, 2015 4:59 am    Post subject: Albion Europe Closing in 2015         Reply with quote

I have some sad news. I will close Albion Europe in 2015. I will of course make sure that all outstanding orders/pre-orders made are delivered first!

So for all of you with pre-orders - don't worry! I won't close until I have delivered your swords.

I will still take orders for made-to-order swords (swords not in stock) during January ...but the last day for ordering an Albion that isn't in stock at Albion Europe will be January 31st. After that I will only sell the swords I have in stock.

If you are looking to buy an Albion in February or later you can order from - and have it delivered by - Albion US (you know where to find them :-)). I am sure there will be a new European reseller soon where you can get your swords.

I expect to have delivered all orders by September 1st and will close down the shop/web shop at the end of September at the latest.

My flickr site will stay so you can still enjoy good pictures of best production swords in the world :-)

It has been 9 years with many exceptional memories. I invite you to take a stroll down the many pictures on Albion Europe's facebook page ... it has many of the best moments for Albion Europe :-)

It has been a privilege selling Albion swords for 9 years now ... but the time has come for me to move on to something else.

Thank you very much to all my customers and friends in the sword community!

Søren Niedziella

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Hector A.





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PostPosted: Tue 06 Jan, 2015 5:10 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Sad news.

I only have good things to say about Søren, i'm sure others do to Happy.

Good luck in whatever you decide to do next.
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Rim Andries




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PostPosted: Tue 06 Jan, 2015 7:46 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

This is truly heartbreaking news. Especially since I am saving money to buy a Talhoffer.

I ordered a Ringeck from you in 2010, as a wedding gift to a friend of mine. It was the highlight of the party and everybody wanted to have their picture taken while holding the sword. The next day my local HEMA group grew by five new members. Great memories.

Thank you for everything and I wish you all the best in your future endeavors.

Sir Dreamin'
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Tomas B




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PostPosted: Tue 06 Jan, 2015 9:08 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

That is sad news. No offense to Albion USA but Albion Europe is by far the better website and your photos are exceptional. They certainly helped me take the plunge to buy my first Albion without ever having handled one.

Best of luck in your next adventure and please keep us updated.

Cheers,

Tomas
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PostPosted: Tue 06 Jan, 2015 11:44 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I agree with Tomas B. The first time I accidentally went on to the US site I thought it was a copycat site...

I'll miss having such a good sword dealer in a neighbouring country.

At kveldi skal dag leyfa,
konu, er brennd er,
mæki, er reyndr er,
mey, er gefin er,
ís, er yfir kemr,
öl, er drukkit er.
-Hávamál, vísa 81
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Leo Todeschini
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PostPosted: Tue 06 Jan, 2015 1:09 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I too am sorry to see Soren leaving.

He is a lovely man, has run Albion Europe superbly and his energy and excitement will be missed.

Good luck in whatever 'non-sword related activity" you get up to next.

Tod

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David Lewis Smith




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PostPosted: Thu 08 Jan, 2015 8:42 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I do not live in Europe but have followed the ASE facebook page, and even submitted a few photos. I am really sorry to hear this for my European friends because I know how painful it can be with some countries customs laws.

I am very sorry to hear this

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PostPosted: Thu 08 Jan, 2015 6:34 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I echo the comments about the web site. Even though I have no reason to purchase through Albion Europe I found the information and pictures very useful, not to mention beautiful. Don't know who owns such stuff but it would be great to preserve this for the Albion home page.
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PostPosted: Thu 08 Jan, 2015 7:17 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

J.D. Crawford wrote:
I echo the comments about the web site. Even though I have no reason to purchase through Albion Europe I found the information and pictures very useful, not to mention beautiful. Don't know who owns such stuff but it would be great to preserve this for the Albion home page.


Yes!

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Tomas B




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PostPosted: Fri 09 Jan, 2015 9:55 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

They have all their photos on flickr.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/albioneurope/sets/
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Fabrice Cognot
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PostPosted: Sun 11 Jan, 2015 2:21 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Sad news - good luck my friend. It has been a priviledge to work with you.
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Michael A. H.




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PostPosted: Mon 23 Feb, 2015 3:23 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Having just moved to Sweden (from the US via Canada), and having never ordered a sword from Albion Europe till now, I really hate to see them close up shop - so much easier to deal with an EU based company in the EU than all the export / import red tape ordering from Albion USA - so when I saw they were going to close I just had to order some items I had been researching, and drooling over, for a while.

One was the Reeve, and the other the Oakshott ... never having bought a premium sample from the likes of Albion (just two replicas from Valiant and Cold Steel), I was a bit hesitant, specially since the EU price is significantly higher than in the US. But I just received the two and they are gorgeous, I mean they just float in the air, making my old Hedemark (from VA) feel a bit like a quarter horse ... this all makes me wish I had bit the bullet to order from them earlier when they had more variety left in stock (which they surely want to clear out asap).

So yes, I will also hate to see them close up shop, if only I had the busines know-how (specially here in Europe with entirely different red tape) to take over business and become the new Albion Europe - It would be like owning a pub: I would be my own best customer :-)

So anybody have any ideas who will take over distribution for Albion in Europe???

Cheers and beers

Michael

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PostPosted: Mon 23 Feb, 2015 3:35 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Forgot the obligatory pic - LtR: Oakshott, Reeve, and Hedemark (with its scabbard)
Which reminds me, I need scabbbards ...



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Michael

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Matt Easton




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PostPosted: Wed 11 Mar, 2015 5:27 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Really sorry to hear that - it was always a pleasure dealing with you. Best wishes for the future though and thanks.
Matt

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I'm afraid that I have to amend the above statement somewhat based on my latest order. Having ordered an 'in stock' item on 17th March I still haven't received it, nor received any email contact, despite the payment being taken from my account. It would be nice to get a response to an email when you've paid a few hundred Euros for something....
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PostPosted: Tue 19 May, 2015 4:37 am    Post subject: Albion Europe Closing in 2015         Reply with quote

Albion Europe will soon be closed but its legacy will live on. Cry
“You have power over your mind - not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength”

- Marcus Aurelius
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