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Albion Next Generation Vassal Falchion - ANE1
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Albion Next Generation Vassal Falchion

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Overall Length: 33 1/2'' Blade: 27 1/4''

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Blade:6150 High Carbon Steel
Weight:2 lb 8.6 oz
Edge: Very Sharp
P.O.B.:3 3/4''
Thickness:5.2 mm - 2.5 mm
Width:42.3 mm - 58.9 mm
Grip Length:4 1/8''

The Falchion is a weapon known by different names and occurs in various shapes and forms through the ages. We can see illustrations in art as ealry as the mid 13th C. The English ''falchion'' is derived from the French ''Fauchon'', spelled as ''fawchon'' in late 14th C texts. Behind these names lies the Latin ''Falxs,'' describing weapons with scythe-like blades. Falchion blades are typically rather short and broaden towards the point with the edge in a more or less sweeping curve. The hilt usually follows the popular styles as seen on double edged swords of the same period. The Falchion seems to have been popular in England, France and Italy, while in Germany it was for some time not regarded as a weapon of military importance. Hence, in German speaking areas there is no mention of Falchions.

The Albion Next Generation Vassal is inspired from 14th C examples. The most famous of which is the Thorpe Falchion in the Castle Museum, Norwich. The Vassal is of moderate length and has a generous clip point, making it suitable for thrusting as well as cutting. The single edged blade allows for a stiff spine, that increases cutting performance. Contrary to popular belief, a Falchion need not be overly heavy or cumbersome. They can have much the same heft and balance as a double edged sword of the same dimensions. Perhaps there is a slightly more pronounced blade presence, but the moderate length of the blade still allows fo quick recovery after a blow. The section of the blade is a thin triangle and there is a fuller along the straight section of the back. This makes for a very effective use of available material inducing stiffness and effective cutting performance. Towards the point there is a long false edge taking away some of the excess weight while also introducing a change in the relative stiffness in this part of the blade.
At the base of the blade there is a ricasso of sorts. This feature can be seen on single edged weapons as early as the 14th C. It helps keep the base of the blade and junction to the tang robust (a good point with blades of triangular section) and makes ''fingering'' of the guard possible.
The Blade is hand-ground from high carbon steel to a fine satin finish, sharpened and heat-treated by hand in the Albion Forge Shop. The grip is of stabilized birch, wrapped with cord and covered with the highest grade vegetable-tanned calfskin.

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