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2004 Albion News Archive

12-28-04
Kevin Iseli just completed a beautiful scabbard for the Viceroy. Click on the photo to see more.


12-22-04
Looking for a unique gift? Kevin Iseli has reproduced a beautiful brooch from the Museum of London Catalogue. Go here for more details.


12-01-04
Albion Mark Squire Line Swords Update
The first Squire Line Late 13th Century Great Sword and the Late 15th Century Bastard Sword are assembled and we are beginning to fill backorders.



The L ate 13th Century Great Sword


The Late 15th Century Bastard Sword

11-23-04
Albion Mark Squire Line Swords Update
The first Squire Line 13th Century Knightly Sword is assembled and we are beginning to fill backorders.




11-08-04
myArmoury.com has just published hands-on reviews of the NextGen Norman and Jarl swords.

10-19-04
Name That Sword Contest Update
The votes have been counted and the winners notified... go here to see the winners and the newest NextGen sword models.

10-15-04
Albion Mark Scabbards Update
Kevin Iseli has completed a beautiful scabbard for the NextGeneration Regent



10-11-04
Name That Sword Contest Update
We received so many excelent entries that we have are still sifting through them and judging winners. We will announce the winners in the next few days (sorry we are late) but thanks to all of you who submitted such excellent names!

SwordFest Weekend 2004 Update
was a great timefor all of us. Thanks to all of our presenters and participants -- we look forward to a even bigger and better Swordfest 2005! Go here to see a few photos from SwordFest 2004.

10-5-04
Sabre Update
Here is a photo of the finished Sabre hilt castings with the new backstrap and ferrule/thumbrest design by Lars, mounted on a mockup grip

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9-30-04
Albion Mark Next Generation Swords Update
The Laird is in production -- see more photos here.



9-27-04
The Albion Sword Collector's Guild Update
The Albion Sword Collector's Guild has a new web-page all of its own! Now you can see if there is a Guild Member in your area and "test drive" an Albion Mark sword at a Guild RoundTable event near you!

myArmoury has just published reviews of The Next Generation Gaddhjalt and Templar.

9-23-04
Albion Mark Scabbards Update
Kevin Iseli has completed a beautiful scabbard for the NextGeneration Knight


see more photos here.

9-22-04
Introducing the New Albion "White Box" Mark II...
Starting this week, we are shipping our swords in a newly redesigned box. This new box features folding and locking ends and a locking flip-top lid -- making the box both stronger for shipping and easier for the customer to open.



Because we will no longer be sealing with glue, the redesigned box is also now reusable as a storage box for your swords!

9-20-04
To celebrate the upcoming Nashville Roman Re-enactment Festival and Filming Event, all Roman belt plates and terminals are on sale at 20% off
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See you at the Nashville Roman Re-enactment Festival and Filming Event!

New items added to the Moat Sale page.

9-16-04
New items added to the Moat Sale page.

9-14-04
Albion Mark Swords Update
The Albion Mark Sword Lines are now available on-line in PDF format.


All Albion Mark NextGen, Museum and Squire Line swords currently in production are featured. We will update the catalog as new models are in production. Go here to download or view the catalog.


9-13-04
Albion Mark Squire Line Swords Update
The first Squire Line Viking is assembled and we are beginning to fill backorders this week.



Other News
myArmoury has just published a review of The Next Generation Duke.
Go here for a look at the review and photos.

9-7-04
LanzeFest 2004 was a huge success!! To see photos, go here.


9-3-04
Albion Mark Next Generation Swords Update
The first Castellans are in the process of assembly. See more photos here



The Castellan is also our Labor Day Featured Sword of the Week -- on sale for $700 (a $50 savings) until September 11th.

8-24-04
Albion Mark Next Generation Swords Update
The first Viceroys are in the process of assembly. See more photos here.
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8-10-04
Albion Mark Squire Line Swords Update
Waxes are completed for the hilt components for all four models:


Viking Sword

13th C Knightly Sword

Late 13th C War Sword

Late 15th C. Bastard Sword

8-2--04
Albion Mark Next Generation Swords Update
Waxes are in for the hilt components of Caithness and Laird.


Caithness


Laird


The Norman Scabbard

Custom Scabbards are now available from Kevin Iseli for the Next Generation Norman and Baron.

7-28-04
Albion Mark Next Generation Swords Update
We have been testing the Castellan blade for durability -- see short video of the point being tested on a steel barrel.

7-26-04
Albion Mark Next Generation Swords Update
The Ritter is in production, with the first swords shipping this week.

The Ritter is also the first of our new featured weekly specials (see "featured item" on the front page for details).



7-15-04
Albion Mark Next Generation Line Update
The Huskarl is in production, with the first swords shipping this week.



7-16-04
Mercenary's Tailor Update
Prices on armor from The Mercenary's Tailor will increase 20% on August 1st -- place your order before August 1st and still get the lower prices!


7-15-04
Albion Mark Next Generation Line Update
The Jarl is in production, with the first swords shipping this week.



This sword features an authentic two-part pommel, hand-rivetted together, and twisted silver wire accents.

Introducing the Albion Mark Squire Line
Affordable Swords for the Beginner, Reenactor and Practitioner of the Western Martial Arts
Authentic, Hand-crafted, Traditionally Constructed, Fully-functional, and based on museum research and testing



In response to requests from our customers for a line of more affordable, but still traditionally constructed quality swords, Albion is proud to announce a new line -- The Albion Mark Squire Line -- designed by Peter Johnsson with the beginner, reenactor and practitioner of the Western Martial Arts in mind.

These swords will be based on Peter Johnsson's research and on our experience with the NextGen Line, but will have a more economical and utilitarian finish on both the blade and hilt components. The blades will have the same attention to geometry found in the NextGen line, but with subtle changes to account for the flat edges. The hilt components will be more simple in style, but still true to their historical period. As a result, these swords will make excellent "practice" swords for their counterparts in the NextGen line.

All swords will be hot peened and have a simple black leather-wrapped grip. The swords will not be made sharp, but will have "flat" edges suitable for reenactment and swordplay exercise. The swords can, however, be sharpened for cutting practice at a small additional charge.

As with all Albion swords, these swords will be guaranteed against defects in materials and workmanship.

We are working toward the release of these models in the early Fall of this year. All swords in this line will be priced under $400.

Thus far in the development, this is what the Squire line will look like:

The Viking (Type H hilt, one piece pommel, Geibig 4 blade) -- $300
13th C Knightly Sword (Type XII) -- $300
15th C Bastard Sword (Type XVa) -- $350
13th C Great Sword (Type XIIa) -- $350

These swords are available for advance reservation. Because of the bare bones prices on these swords, they will most likely never go on sale and cannot be included in other promotions.

Stay tuned for more information over the next few months!

7-07-04
Albion Mark Museum Line Update
The Brescia Spadona is finally in production, with the first swords shipping this week.

Kevin Iseli has completed the first Solingen scabbard.


7-02-04
Albion Mark Next Generation Update
The Sovereign with the bronze pommels are in production now and the first swords have shipped. Here are a few photos of a finished sword.




Albion Mark Museum Line Update
Eric has completed the first Brescia Spadona, photos to follow.

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