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Chip F.





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PostPosted: Thu 24 Sep, 2015 3:18 pm    Post subject: Albion Lancaster - wow!         Reply with quote

Hey all,

I recently acquired an Albion Lancaster type XV from a forum member, Edward Hitchens (shout out to Ted for an awesome deal, thank you).

After having the sword all summer I regret to say that I have not yet been able to use it for test cutting. Once I do, I would like to write and publish a full review of the weapon, as there are yet none in the review section of this site and I really think this is an underrated Albion model.

I have been able to dry handle the blade quite a bit. It's very nimble, with quick recovery and excellent point control. This is a weapon that can be manipulated with fluidity and ease. I own several other swords - a windlass saber, a few by strongblade - with absolutely no disrespect to those companies, this sword is in a class of its own. The construction is extremely solid and the design is as beautiful as it is functional.

So this is just a thank you and shout out to Albion swords - it has been a long time coming and I am honored and privileged to finally own the Albion Lancaster!
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PostPosted: Thu 24 Sep, 2015 3:20 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I really love the design elements of the Lancaster, but I've never handled one. I suspect it's not dynamically different in a drastic way from Albion's other Type XVs. Were I to be able to collect all the things I'd want, I'd get one.
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J. Nicolaysen




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PostPosted: Thu 24 Sep, 2015 3:23 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I've always liked the looks of the Lancaster. For a one-handed type XV I doubt you could have done better. I bet it's fast. Congrats, I'll be interested to read more thoughts as you have them.
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Chip F.





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PostPosted: Thu 24 Sep, 2015 3:43 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Nathan - yes, I imagine that the poitiers is probably the most similar in handling as it has the same blade. I was also considering the Mercenary, Castellan, and Constable for their similar qualities.

J. - It was the model that spoke to me the most Big Grin I love the rounded edges of the crossguard and the taper of the blade. It's very quick and I also imagine it can cut quite capably, though it may be necessary to cut closer to the hilt.
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Patrick Kelly




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PostPosted: Thu 24 Sep, 2015 8:58 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Nice. The Lancaster has always appealed to me much more than the Poitiers. The hilt design gives the sword an entirely different character.
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Roger Hooper




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PostPosted: Thu 24 Sep, 2015 9:20 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I too really like the looks of the Lancaster - it appears like it could be one of the Castillon/Dordogne Swords. I prefer its pommel and guard over the ones used on the other Albion XV, the Poitiers.

KOA has some very good photos of it - http://kultofathena.com/product.asp?item=ANS26

If I buy another Albion, the Lancaster is at the top of my list.
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