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Howard Waddell
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PostPosted: Thu 06 Oct, 2005 7:46 am    Post subject: Introducing... The Allectus Mainz Gladius         Reply with quote

This is one scary shortsword... light and quick and I would hate to face anyone that is using one of these...



see more here:

http://www.albion-swords.com/swords/albion/ne...-mainz.htm

Specifications
Overall length: 27.625" (70 cm)
Blade length: 20.25" (51.44 cm)
Blade width: 2.625" (6.67 cm)
CoP: n/a
CoB: 4.125" (10.48 cm)
Weight: 1 lb 11 oz (760 grams)

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PostPosted: Thu 06 Oct, 2005 8:18 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

A winner if you ask me. Way to go Albion!
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Beautiful, and I'm sure it will look much better 'in person'........I've had one on order since last April and suspect that I can now look forward to another white box arriving sometime in the not-too-distant future.
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PostPosted: Thu 06 Oct, 2005 9:16 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

That gladius looks wonderful. Germans and Parthians beware.

The 1st Gen gladii had bone grips, right? Why did you switch to holly?
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PostPosted: Thu 06 Oct, 2005 9:21 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Roger Hooper wrote:
That gladius looks wonderful. Germans and Parthians beware.

The 1st Gen gladii had bone grips, right? Why did you switch to holly?


Consistency is the main reason -- it is getting harder and harder to find bleached cowbone in the smaller diameters that we need (with no flaws).

Holly is historically accurate and we can get them dead-on every time.

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PostPosted: Thu 06 Oct, 2005 9:56 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Robert B. Allison wrote:
Beautiful, and I'm sure it will look much better 'in person'........I've had one on order since last April and suspect that I can now look forward to another white box arriving sometime in the not-too-distant future.


We are working hard to fill all backorders over the next couple of weeks. You can probably expect to hear from Mike soon.

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PostPosted: Thu 06 Oct, 2005 10:10 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Though I don't have much personal interest in the Roman pieces, I have to say, this looks really sweet - as if there was room for doubt... I'm a little surprised at my level of curiosity; I'm looking forward to seeing what the Pedite and Aquilifier look like "in the flesh"!

I hope these pieces are as successful as the Medieval pieces have been!

Who knows... put one of these in my hand, and I may raise an eyebrow...

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PostPosted: Thu 06 Oct, 2005 10:47 am    Post subject: Introducing... The Allectus Mainz Gladius         Reply with quote

Does this sword have a peened pommel nut? The shape and detail of the nut is really nice.
Do you guys actually hand carve all those grips, guards and pommels?! They are really nice looking as well. Big Grin
I have this gladius ordered and now I am really champing at the bit to wield it!
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PostPosted: Thu 06 Oct, 2005 10:50 am    Post subject: Re: Introducing... The Allectus Mainz Gladius         Reply with quote

Mark Morris wrote:
Does this sword have a peened pommel nut? The shape and detail of the nut is really nice.
Do you guys actually hand carve all those grips, guards and pommels?! They are really nice looking as well. Big Grin
I have this gladius ordered and now I am really champing at the bit to wield it!


Hey Mark!

Yes, it is peened and then the tang end polished to blend it with the pommel cap. All of the parts are hand-made (the round parts are all roughed out on a lathe).

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PostPosted: Thu 06 Oct, 2005 11:11 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Of the Roman pieces, this was the one I was most looking forward to seeing in steel, based on the sketches. It looks every bit as sweet as I thought it would! Big Grin

One question, though: did you forgo the incised lines on the pommel for aesthetic reasons, or for some matter of practicality (ease/cost of production, perhaps)?

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PostPosted: Thu 06 Oct, 2005 11:13 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Mikko Kuusirati wrote:
Of the Roman pieces, this was the one I was most looking forward to seeing in steel, based on the sketches. It looks every bit as sweet as I thought it would! Big Grin

One question, though: did you forgo the incised lines on the pommel for aesthetic reasons, or for some matter of practicality (ease/cost of production, perhaps)?


I'll have to ask Peter to address that -- as far as I know, it was more "artistic" than practical.

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Now I really like that a lot. A certain part of me loves Greek and Roman era arms.
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PostPosted: Thu 06 Oct, 2005 2:46 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Howard Waddell wrote:
Roger Hooper wrote:
That gladius looks wonderful. Germans and Parthians beware.

The 1st Gen gladii had bone grips, right? Why did you switch to holly?


Consistency is the main reason -- it is getting harder and harder to find bleached cowbone in the smaller diameters that we need (with no flaws).

Holly is historically accurate and we can get them dead-on every time.

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Howy


I've also heard that bone is hazardous to work with, potentially toxic. The dust from grinding not only stinks to high heaven but can create some health issues.
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Robert B. Allison wrote:
I've also heard that bone is hazardous to work with, potentially toxic. The dust from grinding not only stinks to high heaven but can create some health issues.

I can testify that whenever I was at Albion while they were grinding some bone, the place stunk to high heaven.

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PostPosted: Thu 06 Oct, 2005 4:02 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Its nice to see this one finished as well.

Please keep them coming.

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I have to agree with Aaron,

I'm usally not interested in Roman stuff, but this is pretty sweet!

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Never was crazy about them but now I want one Big Grin

That's way cool Cool

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Patrick Kelly wrote:
Now I really like that a lot. A certain part of me loves Greek and Roman era arms.



I hope we can see some cool bronze stuff sometime in the future Cool

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PostPosted: Thu 06 Oct, 2005 5:34 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Very exciting Big Grin Happy Cool !

First question: is the grip perfectly round or is it somewhat oval (more specifically, how easy is it to keep track of whether the sword is edge-on or not while in your hand)?

Second question: I am very interested to hear about impressions in regards to handling this sword as compared to its First Gen counterpart. Could someone (Peter?) elaborate a bit in technical detail as to how the two compare and how the new sword compares in reference to historical examples?

I need to get myself some weekday time off of work. I really want to have this one in hand. Strange as it may sound, it was the Roman swords that brought my imagination to Albion's door in the first place.

[ponders quietly in mind] Now if Kevin were to thumb through some pictures to get the style down and [cough] dress one of these up a little [cough]. . . Wink
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Great job again! I secretly love leaf blades. I was never a huge fan of the roman stuff though, but I am very tempted with this one... I'm looking forward to the other romans in the line too. Great job Albion you guys are making great progress this month! Happy
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