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Howard Waddell
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PostPosted: Fri 30 Dec, 2005 3:13 pm    Post subject: Introducing... The Sword of Saint Maurice of Turin         Reply with quote

This is as BEAST of a sword -- far more massive than anyone could imagine from photographs. Clearly a horseman's sword and I find that the only way to control it is to wrap my forefinger over the guard.

The grip is wound three times with a sheet of linen, and then wrapped with thin leather treated with beeswax -- Peter postulates that possible design from what remains of the original grip.



More photos and description here:

http://www.albion-swords.com/swords/johnsson/...aurice.htm

I've been waiting for this one myself for a long time (since I first saw the photo of a copy of it in Oakeshott's "Archaeology of Weapons."

You'll either love it or hate it, but it is one of the most recognizable historic originals.

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PostPosted: Fri 30 Dec, 2005 3:30 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Beautiful. Good work, guys.
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PostPosted: Fri 30 Dec, 2005 3:40 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Since I don't have a horse, it's probably not the sword for me, but it sure is mighty nice looking - great, clean lines.

It might be interesting to compare it to DT2130, or would that just be unfair?


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PostPosted: Fri 30 Dec, 2005 3:41 pm    Post subject: Re: Introducing... The Sword of Saint Maurice of Turin         Reply with quote

Howy wrote:
This is as BEAST of a sword -- far more massive than anyone could imagine from photographs.

I'll second that... saw the bare blade, as well as the original waxes when Harlan made the molds from them. What it might seem in the pics, make it 1.5 or 2 times the size. It's big. The cross is like 7.5 or 8 inches wide, if I remember correctly.

Howy wrote:
The grip is wound three times with a sheet of linen, and then wrapped with thin leather treated with beeswax -- Peter postulates that possible design from what remains of the original grip.

I was privy to the discussion around this specific element. I'm glad to see this is the outcome - nice effect, and very plausible. The original retains some of the wrapped linen, and it is sticky to the touch, like you get from hide glue or cutler's resin... This makes for a nasty grip, but a logical basis for an overwrap. I've been anxious to see how this turned out - dig it.

Howy wrote:
You'll either love it or hate it, but it is one of the most recognizable historic originals.

I'll postpone judgement until I get to handle it myself. There are other pieces I find more interesting, but the final product grabbed my attention more than the components did. It looked funny, I guess, with blue wax hilt fittings and no grip. Razz

I'm also interested in seeing how the piece looks en suite with it's scabbard. Wink

Well done, guys!
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PostPosted: Fri 30 Dec, 2005 4:25 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Oh... my... God! Eek!

That thing has a blade like my Duke! I love it!
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PostPosted: Fri 30 Dec, 2005 4:29 pm    Post subject: Re: Introducing... The Sword of Saint Maurice of Turin         Reply with quote

Looks like another beauty from Albion.

Howard Waddell wrote:
This is as BEAST of a sword -- far more massive than anyone could imagine from photographs....
Maybe it doesn't look so huge in the photos, but I guess the numbers do tell a story here. The blade of the St. Maurice is 36 inches long and 2.12 inches at the base, which compares with the following two handers:

Svante - 33.5 x 2
Brescia Spadona - 35.25 x 2.25
Duke - 36 x 2.19

So, it seems that this is basically a two-hander blade on a single-hand sword.

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PostPosted: Fri 30 Dec, 2005 6:44 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Lets not forget the Gaddhjalt:

Blade length 35.875 "
Blade width at guard 1.93

Weight 2 lbs 7.4 oz

Also a two-hander blade with a one hander grip: Something I've mentioned a few time before. Razz Laughing Out Loud

The St-Maurice is 2.93 lbs lets say 8 oz more!

So on paper these two seem rather close, but a little bit more over what is an already a one hander at the limit of comfortable one hand use can feel like a lot. Eek!

Howard: if this is fair comparison? How would you quantify the handling difference between the Gaddhjalt and the
St-Maurice?

Comparisons aside this is a seriously attractive sword. Cool

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PostPosted: Fri 30 Dec, 2005 7:10 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

DROOL! I cannot wait for mine to arrive!

Will the scabbard be in the same brown leather as the grip? I'm unsure as to if the original is in good enough shape to tell definitively.

GREAT JOB GUYS! Cool

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PostPosted: Fri 30 Dec, 2005 7:46 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Great job as always, Albion! Big Grin I didn't know it was going to have a brown grip (at least that's how it looks in the pic). I wasn't too fond of that hilt design at first, but now I'm quite taken with it. Nice work!
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PostPosted: Fri 30 Dec, 2005 11:16 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

YES!!! Come to Daddy!
I'd hoped to get it in time for my birthday a little more than a month from now, but sooner will do nicely! I can't wait to compare it to the Tritonia and my other big single-handers.
Congratulations to you guys for seeing an important project through to completion.

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PostPosted: Fri 30 Dec, 2005 11:53 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Wow! Holy #@&*! Must have one........
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PostPosted: Sat 31 Dec, 2005 2:39 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Awesome piece, just love it Happy
That's definitely a sword I would take into battle if I were a horseman Big Grin

Could that be the biggest historical single-hander on this planet?
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Eek! Wow! Eek!

All I have to say is...Mike, I'll call you next week. Big Grin

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PostPosted: Sun 01 Jan, 2006 7:30 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Wolfgang Armbruster wrote:


Could that be the biggest historical single-hander on this planet?


Doubt it. Patrick Barta used to have a similar era sword on his site that had a blade about three or four inches longer (Dresden museum IIRC), and I imagine lots of rapiers were longer and heavier. I agree, it does look impressive though.
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PostPosted: Sun 01 Jan, 2006 7:42 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Geoff Wood wrote:
Wolfgang Armbruster wrote:


Could that be the biggest historical single-hander on this planet?


Doubt it. Patrick Barta used to have a similar era sword on his site that had a blade about three or four inches longer (Dresden museum IIRC), and I imagine lots of rapiers were longer and heavier. I agree, it does look impressive though.


Thx for the info. But wouldn't a Rapier be usually lighter than earlier swords? Or is it just that most of the mass is concentrated in the hilt on a Rapier?
IIRC at some point people stopped making oversized rapier-blades and shortened them ( I could be wrong on thisof course).
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Impresive....most impresive Exclamation
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Wolfgang Armbruster wrote:

Thx for the info. But wouldn't a Rapier be usually lighter than earlier swords? Or is it just that most of the mass is concentrated in the hilt on a Rapier?

You may be right, although I'm almost certain I've heard of rapier weights over three pounds. I expect an expert will be able to answer with more authority.
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IIRC, Peter said that the historical inspiration for the "Ritter" had a blade that was about 37". (The Ritter was made with a 4" shorter blade.) That would put the original sword in the realm of the SoSMT, size-wise.

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Brian M wrote:
IIRC, Peter said that the historical inspiration for the "Ritter" had a blade that was about 37". (The Ritter was made with a 4" shorter blade.) That would put the original sword in the realm of the SoSMT, size-wise.

Brian M


At least length-wise. The St Maurice is wider, right?
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PostPosted: Sun 01 Jan, 2006 1:30 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Joachim Nilsson wrote:
At least length-wise. The St Maurice is wider, right?

Per Albion's website specs:

Ritter: 1.89 inches / 4.8 cm wide
SoSMT: 2.12 inches / 5.38 cm wide

... so not tremendously, no, but it is wider - about 12%.
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