Pre-Owned Item: Pre Owned – Albion – Ritter Sword
- Blade Condition: Moderate cosmetic scuffs and scratches present on blade
- Hilt Condition: Medium amount of Cosmetic blemishing (scuffs, scratches) are present, particularly on the crossguard which has a number of deeper scratches and small nicks running parallel to the blade. Perhaps this is from the sword being displayed on metal hangers which is had repeated contact with.
- Grip: Very good condition with only very minor wear
- Construction Condition: Sword is still durably peened and solidly constructed
The Albion Next Generation Ritter Sword has the distinct German flavour of a style that was popular in the first half of the 13th C. It has a long and handsome blade with a short point section, clearly dedicated to the cut, as was favored in areas under German influence. The fuller is rather narrow, which might classify it as a type XI according to Oakeshotts typology, but this is one of those swords that fall a bit outside the norm in this typological system. The Ritter was inspired by an original in Museum f Deutsche Geschichte, Berlin and shares the same style of hilt. The pommel is of a type known as ‘cocked hat’ or Oakeshott type D. This is of deep and generous shape complemented nicely by a wide and slim cross of style 2 of round section. This has gently trumpeting ends and a slight swelling in the middle. The grip is of moderate length, making this a single hand sword despite its great size. Sword of this type were cavalry weapons, true knightly swords, to be used from horseback in big sweeping blows.
The Albion Next Generation Ritter Sword 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.
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.