Squire Line 13th Century Knightly Sword
|Overall Length:||38 inches|
|Blade Length:||31 inches|
|Point of Balance:||4.75 inches from cross|
|Center of Percussion:||21 inches from cross|
|Pommel type:||Oakeshott Type H|
|Cross type:||Oakeshott Type 1|
Performance Review: This sword performed very nicely, as good or better than most other swords available at this price point. It tracked well, the balance felt good in the hand and it did not feel like a boat anchor. This sword does not have the same dynamic feel of some of it's flashier, more expensive Albion brethren, but in hand it feels like a solid workmanlike sword well designed to do its job.
Appearance: I have to say that for the first time with an Albion piece I was a bit underwhelmed aesthetically. To some degree in this regard Albion is a victim of their own success. After all, every other piece of theirs that I've handled has been aesthetically head and shoulders above ninety percent of their competition in the production sword market. This sword, however, was not. I recognize that this sword is part of a more basic line of swords, Albion is very up front that they do not spend the finish time on these swords as they do their other product lines but even so... The blade on this sword was nicely done, it was clean with no ripples or grind marks and the fullers were well executed. The grip was of black leather, it did not exhibit the Albion standard (for their othe models) cord wrap impressioned grip but was instead just a plain leather grip, serviceable but unremarkable visually. The grip and pommel were pretty rough (at least by Albion standards). I am not sure if it was the metal used for them or if they were simply not polished out as is the case with other Albion lines and models but both pommel and cross appeared to be a dull leaden color instead of shiny steel. The cross was a simple Oakeshott Type 1 again serviceable but unremarkable, the pommel was an equally simple Oakeshott Type H, however in addition to being unpolished the edges of the piece appeared to have been somehow rolled or not cleaned up during construction which left a somewhat unsightly ridge metal along one of the chamfered edges. This detail again speaks to finish which Albion is very up front about not holding to the same standard on this line of swords.
Conclusion: I have no doubt that this sword will perform very well, it feels good in the hand, certainly as good or better then anything else available at the price point. The aesthetic appeal provided by so many Albion models is missing in this piece however, as this sword looks much more mundane and unfinished then the other Albion models I have handled. This of course fits what Albion has told us about their pricing structure and seems entirely fair, but is something the prospective customer should be aware of. You are getting a 500 dollar sword for a 400 dollar price, (still a good value) not a 800 dollar sword for a 400 dollar price.