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James King





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PostPosted: Tue 03 Aug, 2004 10:06 am    Post subject: Hersir pics         Reply with quote

Albion scores another touchdown!What can a say, perfect sword. Laughing Out Loud


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Roger Hooper




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PostPosted: Tue 03 Aug, 2004 10:35 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

That sword has a great simplicity to it.
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Joel Chesser




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PostPosted: Tue 03 Aug, 2004 10:39 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Eek! WOW! I'm REALLY jealous, that collection is AWSOME! Congrats.
one question, are both of the celtic swords on the left albion, one i know is but the furthest one looks a little different. Is it just an early model, or a different maker?

..." The person who dosen't have a sword should sell his coat and buy one."

- Luke 22:36
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James King





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PostPosted: Tue 03 Aug, 2004 11:13 am    Post subject: Albion amorers         Reply with quote

I forgot to mention that the Hersir was my "7 sword" or freebie.I would like to thank Albion for introducing the Albion club.I relize that many people think that it is nothing more than a very screwd marketing device (which it is) but ,as anyone who has ever dealt with Albion knows, they realy do care about thier customers. I have come to the conclusion that some of us(sword nuts) forget what it was like before Howey, Amy, and Jason started reselling and rehilting Del Tins a few short years ago.Know one would have believed that it would have been possible to get a Next Generation quality sword for under $2000. or for any price for that matter(custom smiths as every one knows have waiting lists).Sure the prices have gone up, but when the level of quality is considered, the price increase is marginal.Without sounding overly dramatic, Albion Armorers has aloud me to pursue a hobby (an all consuming passion) that was for the most part frustrating...late custom orders... dishonest smiths....poor quality...if only this quard or that pommel etc.etc. that I would have abandon years ago.When one ponders what has happened in the last 8 months it is mindblowing.How many Next Gens have been introduced?!?How many have come out early?!?Many collecters here and elsewere have voiced concerns about the growing prices. Does Albion do what 90% of business do, cut quality to cut costs , no, they IMPROVE their swords, and introduce the Squire line!
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James King





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PostPosted: Tue 03 Aug, 2004 11:18 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Joel Chesser wrote:
Eek! WOW! I'm REALLY jealous, that collection is AWSOME! Congrats.
one question, are both of the celtic swords on the left albion, one i know is but the furthest one looks a little different. Is it just an early model, or a different maker?
That is the first Albion LeTene prototype.


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Jean Thibodeau




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PostPosted: Tue 03 Aug, 2004 12:25 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

James;

Very nice collection! (Sound of jaw dropping and a Hisssssssssssss...... of jealousy......... Joke.)

As a Gahhdjalt owner can you tell me how it differs in handling in comparison to the other Viking swords and knightly swords.

The lenght of the Gahhdjalt really makes you want to reach out and "Touch" someone! (Joke)

Looking forward to the squire line I wonder about how close the Viking sword of that line will be to the Hersir?
I assume a one piece pommel without the silver wire, a different edge profile and a less refined finish, but the same quality heat treating and the same beautifull lines.

You can easily give up your freedom. You have to fight hard to get it back!
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Jeremy V. Krause




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PostPosted: Tue 03 Aug, 2004 12:58 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Man James!
That's a spectacular collection! But then you already know that. Cool
Being a Norman owner how is it that the Gaddjhalt weighs less than the Norman when they are supposed to share the same blade- well, the Norman with a shorter one.
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Patrick Kelly




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PostPosted: Tue 03 Aug, 2004 1:24 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Congratulations on another fine looking sword James.

I really like the Hersir. I love the overall mass when combined with the clean lines of the type H hilt. I think it's my second favorite of the latest Albion vikings, right after the Jarl. I have the Berserkr on order, and I'm very interested to see what they'll do with that one.

Jean,

While I won't speak for James I have handled the Gadjhalt and several of the other viking types. The Gadjhalt isn't quite as responsive as the other designs, but is still an agile sword. The other designs are a bit quicker in recovery, and are better suited to short chopping cuts. This is mainly due to their blade lengths and distribution of mass. The Gadjhalt is a design that was primarily intended for mounted combat, with a shield. The design would lend itself well in delivering large sweeping cuts from the back of a horse.

"In valor there is hope.".................. Tacitus


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James King





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PostPosted: Wed 04 Aug, 2004 9:17 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Thanks guys, Jeremy, I believe the Norman has a heavier pommel??Jean, Patrick pretty much nailed it. I personaly love the Gadjhalt, to put it simply the Geibeg II, III, and IV blades are "chopping" swords while the Gadjhalt is more of a "slaaashing" sword.As Patrick stated the Gadjhalt is more suited for use on horseback.Many of the Type X (Xa blades type X hilts) are from the continent esp. Germany were calvary warefare was prevelant.
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Brian M




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PostPosted: Wed 04 Aug, 2004 9:32 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Me likey Hersir!

I'm trying to make the "collector's club" too, but it will be later this year. There are just too many I want.

Brian M
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Matthew G.M. Korenkiewicz




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PostPosted: Sat 14 Aug, 2004 6:40 pm    Post subject: Albion Koln Spatha         Reply with quote

Hi Mr. King...

I noticed you have an Albion Koln Spatha among your most excellent
collection. I've been interested in said blade for a long time, on and off
planning on acquiring one -- maybe through Christian Fletcher, who
might be able to do the scabbard as well ...

Can you tell me something about the blade ?

As for the Hersir ... that could well be the " perfect " sword .... B-)
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Geoff Wood




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PostPosted: Sun 15 Aug, 2004 3:05 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Jean Thibodeau wrote:


Looking forward to the squire line I wonder about how close the Viking sword of that line will be to the Hersir?
I assume a one piece pommel without the silver wire, a different edge profile and a less refined finish, but the same quality heat treating and the same beautifull lines.

.... and the blade to be type 4 instead of type 3 (according to the website) .
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Perry L. Goss




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PostPosted: Sun 05 Sep, 2004 5:02 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

James, I was pulling out of my depression UNTIL, I saw this thread!

Man.

OK. So far, which is your favorite Viking sword from Albion?

Thanks.

Scottish: Ballentine, Black, Cameron, Chisholm, Cunningham, Crawford, Grant, Jaffray, MacFarlane, MacGillivray, MacKay-Reay/Strathnaver, Munro, Robertson, Sinclair, Wallace

Irish/Welsh: Bodkin, Mendenhall, Hackworth

Swiss: Goss von Rothenfluh, Naff von Zurich und Solland von Appenzel
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