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Albion Zorro 90th Anniversary Sword - AF36
Limited Edition of 1000

Albion Zorro 90th Anniversary Sword

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Overall length: 45'' Blade: 36''
Blade: 6150 High Carbon Steel
Weight: 2 lb 14.7 oz
Edge:  Sharp
P.O.B.: 2 3/4''
Thickness: 7.3 mm - 4.9 mm
Width: 24.9 mm - 36.2 mm
Grip Length: 4''
Pommel: Peened

The researchers at Albion Swords Ltd. have developed this design as both an authentic and romantic commemoration of the 90th Anniversary of El Zorro®, based on extensive research on the period immediately before and during Zorro’s® heroic defense of the people of California.

The name of “Zorro®” stands for high adventure and daring – a latter day knight errant, defending the weak and righting wrongs. The sword of Zorro® should embody all of these qualities. Albion Swords Ltd also sees the sword of Zorro® as a family heirloom, marked with the historical family crest and motto of the historical de la Vegas of Asturias, Spain. As Zorro is renowned as a swordsman and expert at marking his enemies with his trademark sign of the “Z,” the sword of Zorro® must be a true swordsman’s sword – fast, agile and well suited to the task.

Albion chose a variant of the “colichemarde” style for the blade of the sword. The colichemarde is considered to be a descendant of the rapier and an early developed form of the “small sword.” The shape of a colichemarde combines advanced parrying qualities with good thrusting strength, as well as the ability to manipulate the tip of the sword more rapidly and precisely.Thanks to a wide ricasso/forte (often with several fullers) which then steps down dramatically in width at the fullers’ end, the weight of the blade is concentrated in one's hand, making it possible to maneuver the blade at a greater speed and with a higher degree of control. This style of blade appeared circa 1680 and was popular during the next 40 years at the royal European courts, fitting perfectly with Zorro’s® time period. The colichemarde primarily saw use as a dueling weapon rather than as a military sword.

The blade also features the historical Asturian de la Vega family motto with the seven crosses on one side of the blade from their armorial crest, ( ++Ave+Maria+Gratia+Plena++ or “Hail Mary Full of Grace”), deeply engraved in the ricasso in the traditional style of the period. This motto is a quotation from the Angelic Salutation, the words used by the Angel Gabriel in saluting the Blessed Virgin.

The swelling tip was developed on some sword blades of the period as an aide in performing Stromacione (stramazone) - a quick, light slash or scratch tip-cut to the face, used to harass, blind, or distract your opponent during swordplay. This style of fencing from the Italian and Spanish schools of swordplay is contemporaneous with Zorro’s period (and slightly before) and would seem a perfect match with Zorro’s® penchant of marking his opponent with the sign of the “Z.”

The Albion Sword of Zorro has a blade of heat treated high carbon steel. The sword can be sharpened for an additional fee.

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