The limited edition Arn Templar Sword is a licensed reproduction of the one used in the movie ”Arn the Knight Templar”.
Arn’s sword is based on a type of sword in use in 12th-century Europe, when the film is set. It was important to approximate Jan Guillou’s tale closely and Arn’s sword was designed based on descriptions from ‘The Road to Jerusalem’, as the English version of the novel is called.
Peter Johnsson (who works as designer for Albion) modelled it on a type of sword being used at the end of the 1100s. A well-known representative of this type exists and is preserved in the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna: the sword of Saint Maurice, part of the imperial regalia of the Holy Roman Empire.
The sword is simple, clean and magnificent, with a long and lean blade, bearing the inscription: ‘In Hoc Signo Vinces’ on the guard (”In this sign thou shalt conquer”). The blade also has three incised crosses, similar to the ones found on the Sword of Saint Marice (Turin).
The Albion Arn Templar Sword features a sharpened high carbon steel blade mounted to solid brass hilt components and a wood grip wrapped in brown leather. Ships in a wooden crate.
Yuan Gong –
too wobbly Too thin. If you hit it, it wobbles and flexes. No scabbard. Custom one cost another 1k. I have 1″ scar on my right hand because of how bouncy this thing is when chopping thick vines.
Mike F. –
Beautiful Craftsmanship! The Albion Arn Templar sword is the centerpiece of my collection. The craftsmanship is exactly what you would expect from Albion. Attention to detail, well balanced for a 3 lb. plus blade and precise finishing make the Arn well worth the purchase price. I finished it off with a Christian Fletcher scabbard. One note however, the grip is only 3 7/8″ so if you have a large hand (which I do not), you may have some trouble fitting your hand between the pommel and cross guard. As mine is for display only, it’s not an issue.
Joe M. –
A historically accurate film sword I have actually purchased the Albion Arn Sword twice. I admired my first one for several years before I sold it to redirect some funds to other things. I missed it enough that I could not resist buying it again when I found it in stock here at Kult of Athena. The Arn Sword possesses the proportions of a classic twelfth century crusader sword and is evocative of the Saint Maurice Sword in Vienna with its hilt inscriptions. Its length gives it the blade presence typical of cutting swords of this type, but it is not heavy in the hand. It performs well in the light cutting tests I have done. As with all Albions, the fit and finish are second to none. It has a nice lenticular blade section and the fullers are symmetric, crisp, and unwavering. The grip is short by modern standards, but absolutely appropriate for a cruciform sword of this period. The Albion Arn could just as easily be a historic reproduction as a replica film sword. I doubt I will part with it a second time.
William S. –
Love This Sword Impressions: This is my favorite Albion early medieval sword even though it is a movie sword. The handling is excellent and I would venture about one the best for this type of sword. It has some blade presence but that is normal for a cutting sword of this type. The Gaddhjalt almost mirrors the Arn in handling which is a big plus for me as the Gaddhjalt is one of my favorite swords from Albion. I highly recommend this sword for someone looking for an early medieval sword. Fittings may deter some purists but the sword is excellent.
Cons: None for the sword. Brass fitting might not be historical. Price may be an issue for some buyers.