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Harlan Hastings
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PostPosted: Mon 20 Oct, 2003 5:48 am    Post subject: Sleeper at Albion .....         Reply with quote

I've had a chance to handle most of the swords that Albion produces. While I hear a lot of talk about models like the Crecy and the Acre, I rarely hear anything about what I think may be the best handling sword in the Albion Mark Handmade line, the Agincourt type XVa. Of all the swords in the Albion Mark Line, it comes closest to feeling the way my 15th Century Civilian from Peter Johnsson does. It may be that this is a sword that has to be handled to be appreciated but I think everyone should know it is definitely the sleeper at Albion.

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PostPosted: Mon 20 Oct, 2003 6:52 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

It seems nobody likes the XVa - too much like a oversized needle. Wink
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Markus Haider wrote:
It seems nobody likes the XVa - too much like a oversized needle. Wink


That's what I mean about probably needing to handle it to fully appreciate it. I do not think of this sword as "an oversized needle". The width at the base is actually 1.75", not exactly a skinny little sliver.
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PostPosted: Mon 20 Oct, 2003 7:24 am    Post subject: Sleeper at Albion         Reply with quote

Hey aren't you supposed to be making maille or something ? Seriously though , Harlans right about this . This swords
no estock . Wheather thrust or cut she's a leathal little toy .
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PostPosted: Mon 20 Oct, 2003 7:35 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Funny, I've always found this one to be my favorite of the Albion Mark line. I wonder if I'm just the freak among the community. Happy
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PostPosted: Mon 20 Oct, 2003 7:55 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Bill Grandy wrote:
I wonder if I'm just the freak among the community. Happy


Great, know he knows! Big Grin Laughing Out Loud

I also like the XVa, put me in the freaker camp as well.
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PostPosted: Mon 20 Oct, 2003 8:29 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

It was my favorite, too, until the hollow-ground lineup was introduced. Now I'm conflicted.
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I read somebody else's comment (on SFI, I think) that they thought the Stamford was the Albion Sleeper. Happy
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I really just don't like the gaurd on it, something different and I might just freak too.
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PostPosted: Mon 20 Oct, 2003 9:48 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

not sleepin here....looks like Albion changed the guard
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Awww, I liked the original guard. Cry Wink
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PostPosted: Mon 20 Oct, 2003 10:51 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Ben Sweet wrote:
not sleepin here....looks like Albion changed the guard

Yep. You have the original guard.

The entire AlbionMark line was retooled and each had subtle details added.

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Those XVas will surprise you . I was definately impressed by Arms and Armor's Black Prince and I never cared for its looks either. I've never got to handle this Albion model but one hopes it is just a matter of time.
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PostPosted: Mon 20 Oct, 2003 9:41 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

These accutely pointed types from the high middle ages never appealed to me in the past. This changed when I was able to handle Albions Brescia, and do some matt cutting with it. I was very impressed by the handling and cutting ability of that sword (which should be obvious since I ordered one).
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PostPosted: Mon 20 Oct, 2003 10:37 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I made this graphic last year. It shows the Albion Agincort sword (with original guard) vs. the A&A Black Prince sword. As you can see, they're very different one one-another, despite being of the same general type.


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PostPosted: Tue 21 Oct, 2003 8:59 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

The Agincourt XVa is one of my favorits as well. In fact it was my first purchase from Albion and I have been thrilled with it. It does indeed handel wonderfully and IMHO is a beautiful weapon.
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