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Albion The Tyrolean Sword

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The Tyrolean is inspired by the many examples of smaller zweihander swords (zweihander means two-hander) carried by the Swiss Mercenaries and Landesknecht from the Austrian Tyrol, from the mid-15th to early-16th centuries. It is believed that the two-handed swords were primarily used to break through ranks of pikemen and for footmen to counter charges of heavy cavalry. These mercenaries were the most sought after warbands of their day and top coin was paid for their service. The modern Swiss Guard of the Vatican was formed from the long-time patronage of Swiss mercenaries by the Papacy. The German Landesknecht were similarily armed mercenary companies, and it was not unusual for the Germans and Swiss to be hired by opposing sides and to then meet on the battlefield. Naturally, they harbored deep enmity for one another.

These swords were designed for broad, sweeping cutting blows (such as clearing a line of pikes) and then for thrusting by using a ”half-swording” technique (gripping the hilt in one hand and the blade in the other) in close-quarter fighting. Landesknecht and Swiss Mercenaries are often depicted in period woodcuts as carrying a shorter sword (often a katzbalger) as a sidearm in addition to the zweihander, presumably for use in close-quarter combat.

These swords often feature a leather cover of some sort on the ricasso. It is not clear from current research if the leather covering on the ricasso was left in place during combat to facilitate half-swording, or if it was simply a protective cover to guard the shoulder while the sword was carried between battles. We have decided to call it a demi-scabbard, and ours is constructed with a thin wooden core wrapped with leather. The demi-scabbard is removable.

The Tyrolean has a hand ground high carbon steel blade that is tempered for flexibility and edge retention. The crossguard and pommel are cast from mild steel. The grip is stabilized birch wood, fitted over with tight leather. The ricasso demi-scabbard is wood-core wrapped in leather.

The sword grip comes in a selection of colors, please select an option below. The demi-scabbard of the ricasso will be dyed to match the grip color chosen.

Overall Length54 5/8''
Blade Length41 3/16''
Weight5 lb 1.3 oz (without demi-scabbard)
Width55 mm
Thickness6.7 mm - 1.8 mm
P.O.B.4 1/2''
Grip Length10 5/8''
Blade [6150 High Carbon Steel]
Grip ColorBlack Grip=default, Dark Brown Grip, Light Brown Grip, Oxblood Grip, Red Grip, Blue Grip=$+25, Green Grip=$+25
ClassBattle Ready
ManufacturerAlbion Swords Ltd
Country of OriginUSA

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2 reviews for Albion The Tyrolean Sword

  1. Declan

    This is amazing exceeded all expectations, can’t display this sword too damn beautiful I can only say I ordered the Tyrolean sword after saving for years and they sent me that absolutely perfect sword, yes it is expensive but I can finally do more than justify this to myself finally!, I have the sword and to hold it, well, this is art/history/genius more than worth it. Having got it I would happily pay it again if I knew how amazing this is, it’s exactly like the sword pictured, it’s beautiful and the detail is not natural. I can’t do it justice, the sheer presence of it. Thank you Albion and thank you Kult Of Athena

  2. Nathan H.

    How does Albion do it? I’ve had this sword for about a year and a half now. Every time I pick it up, I’m continually impressed. It’s big, really big. However, it is not sluggish by any means. I own swords that are shorter and weigh less, but are nowhere near as nimble as this quality piece. This sword demonstrates the importance of profile/distal taper and weight distribution.
    I don’t do HEMA, so I can’t discuss sword techniques or how it handles in a historical context. I only know I don’t want to oppose this sword.
    I’m just an enthusiast. And I’m greatly enthusiastic about Albion’s Tyrolean sword. It’s worth every cent for the serious collector. Fit and finish is as expected for the price.
    Just don’t let anyone mistake this sword for a William Wallace Braveheart “claymore.”

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