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Albion Gaddhjalt Viking Sword - ANV7
Limited Edition of 500 World Wide!!

Albion Gaddhjalt Viking Sword

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Overall Length: 40 7/8'' Blade: 34 7/8''

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Blade:6150 High Carbon Steel
Weight:2 lb 9.7 oz
Edge: Very Sharp
P.O.B.:6 1/4''
Thickness:5.2 mm - 2.6 mm
Width:48.5 mm
Grip Length:4 1/8''

In the late Viking era this style of hilt was referred to regionally as a 'gaddhjalt' (pr. gahd-hyalt) or 'spike hilt,' due to the distinctive thin quillons on the guard -- distinguishing it from the earlier, more 'stout' Viking hilt forms. Hilts with long slim crossguards were categorized as a Type X by Jan Petersen. He dates these to a period spanning from the early 10th to the mid-11th centuries. This type of sword was the precursor of what we refer to today as the 'Crusader cruciform hilt.' This sword is designed to be a perfected representative of this type, blending the properties of several originals and their common design elements into a simple, yet dramatically beautiful and dynamic sword of the period. The hilt components are investment cast in mild steel from original waxes carved by Peter Johnsson, based on his first-hand examination and documentation of period originals of this type. The blade is classified as a Geibig Type 5 (which also could be described as an Oakeshott Type Xa or XI). The blade is made of high carbon steel to high tolerances in aspects regarding harmonic proportions and mass distribution as observed in original blades of the same type. To establish edge geometry and precise surface definition they are hand ground to a fine satin finish, sharpened and heat-treated in the Albion Forge Shop to a perfect balance between edge retention and toughness. The grip is of stabilized birch, wrapped with cord and covered with the highest grade vegetable-tanned calfskin.

Albion's premium, heirloom quality swords are some of the best available worldwide. Each limited edition Albion sword is made by hand, one sword at a time, by a group of the most talented blademakers and cutlers in the world. Albion swords are made entirely in America of the highest quality materials -- but with a distinctly European flair -- starting with painstaking research of period originals and exacting design work by noted Swedish swordsmith, author and researcher, Peter Johnsson. No detail is too small to replicate faithfully. Each sword is hand-made to order with time-proven traditional construction and no shortcuts or compromises, with the time and attention of a master craftsman. Even though swords are no longer used in warfare, Albion still makes each sword as though your life depended upon it.

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