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Happy and Prosperous Holiday Season
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Friends and Customers,
from all of us here at Albion!
And, since its that time of year again - for anyone who hasn't read co-founder Howy's Christmas Story, here it is once again.

The Knecht Mark II (Kriegsmesser) is now sold out!

The Chieftain is now sold out as well!

The Chieftain is down to only a few left in the limited edition - grab yours today!

The Gallowglass is now sold out!

Introducing... The ArchDuke!
A Medieval 2-handed sword.

The Tyrolean

Pre-orders have begun to ship.

Preview of a new Museum Line Hallmark Sword -
The Søborg™ Sword
During excavations at Søborg castle a number of swords have been unearthed. Many of these are preserved in the National Museum in Copenhagen. One of them (inventory number D 8801) is an especially fine example of a long bladed knightly sword from the high medieval period. The original sword is featured as XI.3 in Oakeshott's "Records of the Medieval Sword."
Albion's Museum Line recreation of this sword from Peter's detailed documentation is exact in every detail to the original sword. Our official announcement will be made on Monday, complete with specifications and a short article by Peter Johnsson about the complex geometry of this sword.
The reserve price for this sword is $2,530.

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See preview photos of our latest Museum Line sword, The Ljubljana, developed in cooperation with the National Museum of Slovenia, on the Albion Facebook page!

And the winner of the ARMA Sword Raffle is... Ian Mac Pharlaine! Congratulations, Ian!

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Mark Ryan (BBC's Robin of Sherwood, Transformers), will be joining Mike and Lars the Albion booth at Chicago Comic Con 2012!


We are forced to announce an across the board 10% price increase, effective July 1, 2012, for all items other than Maestro Line swords.

We dislike doing this, especially in this economy, but it is a fiscal necessity. However, as we have always done, any order placed before July 1, 2012 will be honored at the old price, including layaway/payment plans and pre-orders of swords in development.

Introducing... The Maximilian Landesknecht Sword


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...I bought the Knud almost 2 years ago.
I figured to give a proper review I needed to abuse it first and I did.
It has cut oak trees and full grown golden bamboo. Also my archery target after a 14 foot drop. Not proper use I know.
I would like to say this sword has handled the abuse better than I have ever seen before.
It's loses the sharp edge like most but holds a edge without denting or dinging as easily. Even when it did they weren't very deep. The dropping attacks have knocked a very small peice of the tip of the blade but with 2 full sharpens is as good as new.
I also made a homemade sheath. I hated to cover up any of this sword because it is so epic looking. Simple but the perfect design in my opinion.
I plan on sending a another review after another 2 years. I think this sword will continue to be my side arm in the woods for the rest of my life.
-- Joey L

...The [Steward] sword is beyond belief!
Very few times in my life have I received something that exceeded my expectations to such a degree.
I was expecting a 10/10 and got a 12!
The fitment is fantastic with not a single sign of it ever coming loose.
The blue color of the grip is the exact hue I had envisioned as well.
I have a very hard time putting it down. Thank you so much.
-- Nick P. (Extremely Satisfied Customer)

... I just got home and checked out the white box that had been waiting:
Superb workmanship on both the Yeoman and the scabbard.
Buck outdid himself on the scabbard, I am really floored at the design elements it contains and the workmanship shown to put it together.
-- Reece

...[The Knight] arrived today. It’s hard to imagine what to expect ordering an item on internet and never seen it live.
But when I open the box I had a big smile on my lips! Wow! Such a fine looking high quality sword. It looked better that I expected.
Now I got it in my display (on the wall) and it’s looking great and makes the whole living room looking really cool!
Thank you Albion!
And specially I want to thank all directly involving making my sword!
What a perfect masterpiece you have made for me!
-- Mats


...Wow! [The Landgraf]is even more beautiful in person. And handles even better. The lines, the shape and geometry look perfect. Everything looks great. I'm gonna have a lot of fun with this one.
A very special thanks to you and all the Albion team and of course Peter Johnsson for this excellent piece of functional artwork. I've been thinking about and waiting a long time on this sword and now its finally mine.
Thank you and I look forward to giving you my business again in the future.
-- Jerry

...When I opened the [Baron] box, I was, in a word, speechless.
I simply didn't have words for the wave of emotions that washed over me.
I carefully removed it and inspected it, and I can honestly say that I believe it to be flawless. It is perfectly balanced and nothing short of magnificent--and I've seen some quality work in my time.
I bought the sword as a wedding gift for my best friend, and though I've never seen him do it before, I do believe that I shall witness him cry upon presentation of this beautiful piece of art. I was especially surprised with how quickly it was able to be delivered--just in time for the wedding this month! Thank you very much; this has been one of the best buying experiences I've had in quite some time, and I never would have expected to be as pleased with my purchase as I am.
Please pass along my compliments, and continue doing what you guys do! This will NOT be the last item I purchase from Albion, I guarantee it...
-- Alex


...I got my Earl tonight.
Right now I'm at a loss for words.
Opening the box was nerve-wracking and exciting. Despite everything I've heard about Albion, I couldn't believe a product could be this good.
In fact, it's too good.
It looks great and it feels even better! To me, real, historical swords have always been untouchable, the kind kept behind glass. You've changed that for me. I want to thank you and everyone in the shop not just for the sword, but also for the work you do. I hope you realize how special it is.
Please don't apologize for any amount of time it took to build this sword. After holding it the first time I realized I would've waited a lot longer to hold one of its quality. This is my first Albion. I hope there are many more!

...The Steward is awesome and I am very impressed with it so far.
The finish and color on the leather grip is beautiful while the metal work is impressive. I'm very happy with how it looks.

I got to hold, and move around with, some river find swords (they were from the end of the 100 year war era) this Spring and the Steward reminds me of one of the swords from that collection. There is something about a sword that was made to be used that is hard to describe. It's like the blade just wants to be moved. That is what it reminded me of when I picked it up out of the shipping box.
I practice the Fiore style of WMA in CO with the Rocky Mountain Swordplay Guild (RMSG) and the Steward is the sword I was hoping for. It's appears to be a great cutter that I can imagine would be used in the mid 1300's. The grip length, blade length, weight and balance allow it to be used with one or two hands as described in the Getty version of the Fior di Battaglia. I've done some plays with it but I haven't "cut" anything with it yet. That will be the ultimate test but I have a good feeling about how it will perform. I'll let you know how it goes once I get that part of the testing complete.
-- Alan

...I have received the Allectus and I would like to start off by saying it is not at all what I expected. I expected a good product and that is not what I got.

What I got was a top of the line product, the best the sword market has to offer period!

I have trained with swords, spears, and knives for the last 15 years and when I picked up the Allectus I felt the TRUE warrior spirit within this sword.

I felt unparalleled quality.

The balance point of the sword is perfect. The way it feels is perfect. The way it fits my hand is perfect.
I am so blown away by your excellent customer service and your elite product that I am actually at a loss for words right now. I cannot thank you enough (I know I already said that). Putting this in my hands so soon will give me ample time to train for a worst case scenario. I trust my life in the hands of your blade. It gives me ample time to feel the spirit of the sword.
Rest assured that I will most definitely be a returning customer and will definitely steer my friends your way.
Keep up the great work, please do not stop creating these masterpieces. Pass on your skills so that these kinds of swords can be made for generations to come! Thanks again!!
-- Herman B

...There are no words to describe how happy I am with [the Mercenary and Squire Line Bastard Sword]. In a time when practically everything on the market is outsourced junk, these swords are an absolute joy to behold.
The quality and attention to detail is second to none. It is very obvious that these swords were made with pride. Very rare these days.
I have never felt the desire to collect anything in my life until now, and I am already lining up future purchases.

I now invest in silver, gold, and Albion swords.

I get a smile that I can't shake every time I take one of these gems off the wall. I honestly can't remember the last time I was so happy with a purchase.
Thanks also for the prompt, professional, and polite customer service, You guys are the best!
-- John C

...I just received the Brescia Spadona today.

What a masterpiece!
This sword looks and feels like a dream.

This is my second museum line sword. The other was a Solingen. The quality of both has been outstanding.
Keep up the good work guys. You do beautiful work.
-- Tim

... Just wanted you to know that the Caithness sword I ordered arrived today in perfect condition.

I am very pleased with this excellent sword.

The balance is fantastic, the appearance flawless. The sword is everything I had hoped for, and I am completely happy with the choice of sword that I made. It is my hope that we will be able do more business in the near future as there are many other swords that I hope to add to my collection.
I wish to say "Thank you" and the rest of the staff for the customer care, craftsmanship, and attention to detail that goes into these swords.
-- Wade M

I wanted to allow some time to pass before writing a review.  There are already so many testimonials on your site that reflect initial reactions of unboxing a new blade. 
To recap, I already own the Gaddjhalt and the Crecy; both of which are amazing pieces. There were flaws however; none from the artisans that created the pieces, but flaws in their functions versus my desires.
The Gaddjhalt, a shield smashing sword that lends itself to a blade heavy presence. It is well suited for horseback combat with heavy circular strokes… not so much unarmored fast attacks.
The Crecy, quite a nimble longsword with great cutting capabilities and stout thrusting tip.  For me, it is a later period design (later than I tend to indulge) and longsword belt suspensions tend to interfere with primary weapons. I had some snagging  with archery and polearms due to a longer handle.

Not that any of this is a big deal; but the Knight fixed everything!

It is extraordinarily nimble without diminishing its cutting abilities.  It cuts just as well as the Gaddjhalt, if not, better. The Gaddjhalt may deliver a harder impact, but the Knight is easier to control through a cut. 
I don’t feel that the Knight would be at any disadvantage against armor either.  The type XII blade has a much more functional point than the type X.  Recovering the blade on missed or redirected strikes is also something that feels completely harmonious with the Knight. 
Single handed belt suspensions make the sword more accommodating for the use of additional weapons. Being used to longer blades, it is wonderful not bumping into random objects while carrying it from a belt. 
I really cant say enough about this sword.  It is an icon with Albion’s marketing department and is most certainly the Flagship blade of my collection.  What a wonderful design that perhaps Richard the Lionheart or William Marshal may have used.  Reviews on and correspondence with Mike made purchasing the Knight a simple choice.

-- Adam

...No worries – my Regent (now River Claw) arrived safe & sound last Thursday. I took the box inside as soon as I got home from work and luckily placed it in the middle of the living room where we have a high ceiling.
I took my time, made a pot of coffee, and carefully opened the box.
A beautiful 15th Century long sword came into view.
It was a treat to compare this gleaming new blade to the original shown in Oakeshott’s Records of the Medieval Sword, XVIIIa.6, p.192. Oakeshott noted that this sword was “water-found,” from the Bodensee in Switzerland.
Many parallels swirled in my mind, and they still do. After all, we’re all watery creatures; only our thick skin keeps us from flowing downhill to merge with the nearest lake, river, or ocean.
I wonder why swords were thrown into deep rivers and lakes after the deaths of their owners; there seem to be few, if any “finds” dredged up by nets-men in coastal estuaries or other marine environments.
Perhaps the legend of Excalibur was nearer to people’s hearts six hundred years ago, in “a world lit only by fire,” where news traveled as fast as the swiftest horse.
Back to River Claw in its box in the living room with the high ceiling.
I put on the heavy leather 3-weapon glove that I use for sport fencing and clasped the grip firmly.
This was a longer, heavier weapon than my Type XII, so I took up the blade with authority though still with one hand. I imagine that picking up a bolt of lightning would have been much the same.
River Claw leapt out of the box and flashed in the sunbeams, instantly ready for action. Expecting a heavier blade than I’ve handled before, I was completely unprepared for the incredible speed and balance of this exquisite weapon.
If I’d been in my study instead of the living room, there would now be a neat, flattened-diamond hole in the ceiling ventilating the attic.
We had dry, sunny weather over the weekend which gave me a chance to go outside and really put River Claw through its paces.
I was stunned; there’s no other word for it.
Though the style and manner of fighting with a long sword must differ from the sport fencing done today, I feel that I could be just as fast with River Claw as I am with my fencing weapons.
One-handed, two-handed, half-sword work, footwork; it was simply amazing.
Serious fights or duels with long swords by unarmored or lightly armored opponents must have been over in a few seconds. The engravings in Hans Talhoffer’s fechtbuch look very different to me now.
I brought River Claw to our Monday Night Fencing Club & Class here in Baraboo. Two gentlemen in particular wanted to see it; one has experience in longsword sparring, while the second has a keen interest in swordsmithing & construction. Neither had ever handled an Albion sword before. Both looked at the Regent with critical & somewhat skeptical eyes – and both wore broad smiles when they were finished with their “test drives.”
River Claw has rekindled my interest in longsword sparring, and I think the “Lichtenauer” practice longsword is definitely in my future. I’ll be in touch with you after Christmas about putting one on lay-away. On a related note, my spouse Teresa was inspired to take a fencing class after our visit to your showroom in New Glarus. She loves the sport, and now we drill and practice together between our Monday night sessions in Baraboo.
Please thank everyone at Albion who worked to make my Regent a reality. River Claw now hangs securely on the wall between the Kitchen and the Living Room, and I smile every time I see it.
I’m having difficulty finding the right words to express my deepest satisfaction with this sword. It is the blade I’ve dreamed about for much of my life, and I feel very lucky to have it.
I know that a thousand Regents have or will be made, but I have the strangest feeling that Peter Johnsson made this particular example for me. I will treasure it always.
Best wishes (and fishes!)
-- Kevin S

...You go above and beyond. Full credit to you for your dedication to customer service. You are a top man in your field, and if you ever find yourself in Australia, I would be proud to buy you a beer.
Keep it up man, it is a fantastic experience dealing with a company with such a wonderful frontman. I can't wait to check out the Crecy ... But I have no doubt it will be exceptional.
You my friend are a legend.
-- Matt

...Yes, I did receive my Viking sword Jarl.
You folks definitely have the packaging issue down, the blade came in perfect condition.
I am extremely pleased at the fit and finish of this sword and of all of the Viking swords that I have handled, (over 50, I lost count) this is the most well balanced and lively blade yet.
It even beats out the ancient authentic ones that I handled in Germany when I volunteered as an armor harness maker.
Occasionally the guys badger me into cutting competitions against the Japanese, I am going to use the Jarl as my next competition sword. We'll show them how a Viking can cut.
To put it bluntly, Albion, you did me well!
-- Ted


...Thank you for the kind note. [The Knight] arrived safe and sound due to the simple and effective packaging.
The first thing that struck me was how beautiful it is. The photos on the web don't do it justice. The workmanship and quality are apparent and much appreciated.
It's nice to know there are still American companies doing things the right way as I really dislike buying goods from overseas.
Cheers to you and the Albion team for making great swords.
Thanks again Mike for the lucky turnaround and for great service.
P.S.: I forgot to mention, it cuts very well!
-- TK 

...So I feel I have been remiss in not writing something to complement the workmanship that went into my Kingmaker.
It is truly worthy of being an heirloom piece and it will be. The hollow ground blade is beautiful, the subtlety of the effect of the hollow grind works well with the distal and profile tapers to make such a lively and accurate blade.
This swords as also made some great cuts on several targets and with several swordsmen, so let no one say the type XIII is just for thrusting.
I also had the opportunity this past weekend to attend a cutting party with out local HEMA outfit and I got to cut with several of the other Albion swords I'm eyeing for future additions to my humble collection. The top contenders will be the Ringeck and the Earl for my next purchase.
-- Erick H

...Well, I have had the Ljubljana for a week now.
This is a beautiful example of a medieval sword in all its glory.
I am a novice in the arts of sword fighting, but this sword is incredibly responsive and in the thrust would be unbeatable.
The blade with its two fullers fades into a diamond shape which I find is very pleasant to look at.
The original gold figures on the blade have been masterfully integrated into this model with huge success.
The hilt with its large pommel is excellent. This pommel makes
changing direction with the sword very easy and looks superb and there
is lots of room for two hands.
Finally, a leather rain guard on the hilt finishes this sword to perfection.
This is a fairly expensive sword but to anyone interested in the beauty and functionality of medieval swords, then this sword should
not be missed.
Albion has taken one of Peter Johnsson's recreations and used it to
make a historical marvel. There were no flaws in the blade and the
leatherwork is outstanding as is the finish.
To put a finish to my narrative, I am so glad I ordered this beauty
from Albion.
You will not be disappointed.
-- Peter C

... I’ve browsed any number of sword makers at renaissance fairs and the like. My usual reaction ranges from laughter to disappointment.
Having studied the history of edged weapons and their use for many years, I have a keen eye for workmanship, attention to detail, and period authenticity. “Fantasy” or decorative pieces have no attraction for me.
Our trip to Albion yesterday was the first time Teresa and I visited a genuine house of sword smiths. Never have I had a chance to admire and handle so many elegant, functional weapons in one room.
It seemed like the entire evolution of edged weapons was hanging there in front of us. You’re the first person I’ve ever met who didn’t bat an eye when I started speaking in Oakeshott typology.
I imagine that many tourists in New Glarus wander in to your showroom from time to time without a clue, but for me it literally took my breath away.
As you know, I was interested in a type XVIII blade. The Burgundian attracted me because of its distinctive hilt and type V pommel. I loved the way the Kingmaker handled; I swear I heard Ewart Oakeshott whispering that a good sword of this type should “balance in the hand like a good fishing rod.”
Then I took the Regent in hand. This time the sword itself spoke to me, and told me the name of the piece that I’ve ordered. I come from a long line of fishermen, and many of my happiest days have been spent in solitude along secluded rivers, lakes, and streams. The name of my sword reflects this.
Life has taught me that there are things worth having, but they come at a price. I’ve worked a long time to be able to purchase a piece of living history like the Regent; take your time, and give me your best work. It will be well taken care of, and occupy a prominent place of honor in our home.
-- Kevin S

...I've been admiring Tritonia for about three weeks now.
Many thanks to all of you at Albion for creating this magnificent sword.
It is elegant, perfectly made... and every bit the big,
intimidating weapon it was built to be!
This is my third Ablion sword, and it won't be the last!
-- Michael S

...At noon today you guys took my breath away. My Cluny arrived!
It’s every thing I’ve been dreaming about since that day in your show room when Mike put one in my hand.
It’s so light and nimble. Edge control is just automatic with that disk pommel nestled in my hand.
My thanks to all who helped create this wonderful work of art.
Curt D
Meyer Freifechter Guild

...Having had a few days to examine this, my first Albion sword, I can now appreciate the degree of detail that is put into Albion's products that separates them from others.
The fuller is STRAIGHT and there is none of the waviness when you look down the sides of the blade that I had become used to seeing with some manufacturer's swords.
Everthing is very solid and there are no gaps or openings around the blade where it passes through the guard.
The finish on the blade and hilt looks great. This sword has exceeded my expectations.
My thanks go out to everyone at Albion for taking the pains to provide this level of quality.
I am already anticipating my next acquisition, which will likely be a Squire Line 13th Century Knightly Sword!
-- Jeff R

... I haven't written for a while but: since last transmission I have thoroughly enjoyed my Talhoffer and wish to say again Well Done - she's a beaut.
Also, today my father brought me a wonderful "welcome home from the combat again" gift of a Reeve.
The weapon is absolutely sublime!
It is truly delightful in all aspects and I wanted to let you know that you've truly out done yourselves on the Reeve. Marvelous!
When I purchased my first Albion I had no idea that I would become so addicted to your products. I am now the proud owner of seven and fully intend to continue increasing my collection as funds are available.
Thanks again, have a great weekend, and please keep up the fantastic work, customer service, and the whatnot. Take care!
--Bob F

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