|Posted: Sun 12 Dec, 2010 1:47 am Post subject: For Sale: Albion Sword
I have for sale a highly discounted mint condition, limited addition, Albion Reeve. It comes new in its original Albion white box. With its brazil nut pommel and Type X blade it is a classic sword of the late Viking and early Medieval period. This sword would have been at home on the swordbelt of a Saxon housecarl, or Norman cavalryman at the Battle of Hastings in 1066.
From Albions Website:
Prior to the Norman invasion of England, the Anglo-Saxons lived in rural communities called tuns. (Tun is the source of the modern English word town.) At some point before the year 700, they decided to systematize their methods of fighting by forming a system of local self-government based on groups of ten.
Each tun divided into groups of ten families, called tithings. The elected leader of each tithing was called a tithingman. The tithings were also arranged in tens. Each group of ten tithings (or a hundred families) elected its own chief. The Anglo-Saxon word for chief was gerefa, which later became shortened to reeve. The local reeve's power as a community official and military leader extended well after the Norman conquest of England.
The Reeve sword is dedicated to those daughty ancient leaders. The sword is classified as an Oakeshott Type X. Oakeshott describes the typical Type X as a broad flat blade of medium length with a fuller running the entire length and fading out an inch or so from the point.
Though the point is narrow enough for thrusting, this is principally a cutting sword, designed for use against opponents in mail armour.
A Limited Edition Hand Crafted Collectible Sword
This sword is offered in a limited edition of only 100 collectible swords worldwide.
Overall length: 35.875" (91 cm)
Blade length: 30.25" (76.84 cm)
Blade width: 2.1875" (5.56 cm)
CoB: 5.25" (13.34 cm)
CoP: 18.125" (46 cm)
Weight: 2 lbs 6.8 oz (1.10 kilos)
This sword will have a multi-month wait if purchased through Albion. If, however, you purchase from me I can have the sword out to you tomorrow and at your home by Christmas.
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