Albion Armorers

Svante Nilsson Sture Sword

Overall Length: 46.5 inches
Blade Length: 33.5 inches
Point of Balance: 3.25 inches from cross
Center of Percussion: 21.25 inches from cross
Weight: 4.3 lbs
Pommel type: T variant
Cross type: 12
Blade type: XVIII variant
Hilt length: 8 inches
Blade width at cross: 1.75 inches
Blade width 2 inches from tip: 1 inch
Handle Length: 10.25 inches

Performance Review: The statistics tell an interesting story with this sword. The most noticeable thing statistically is the weight. On paper this is an extremely heavy sword. However one needs to look at the rest of the statistics to see the whole story. The balance point for this sword has been brought back to just over 3 inches from the cross. This has the effect of making the sword much more manageable. This combined with the extremely long grip (which provides a lot of leverage) combines to make a sword that is amazingly agile and responsive. The sword tracks and recovers from a swing easily with a minimum of effort. It can be used easily with either one or two hands and easily slices through soft targets. To be honest I've not tried it on hard targets, not because I don't think it can handle it but because I've got to much money in this sword to want to have to try to fix it back up after a cutting session. Another interesting feature of this sword is that after it has struck a target it actually rings much like a tuning fork. This is a testament to how tightly Albion has put it together.

Appearance: This is an expensive sword, in fact it's the most expensive Western production sword that I'm aware of. Having said that you would expect that the fit and finish on this sword would be something extraordinary and this model lives up to expectation. The blade is as close to flawless as any I've ever seen and considering the complexity of this blade that is saying something. The blade is deeply hollowground with a strong midridge running down its length. The midrib is completely strait and the hollow grinding is uniform. There are no grind marks or wobbles on this particular blade. The blade was polished to a not quite mirror polish. There were some small very light scatching near the ricasso when I got the sword I have since buffed those out with minimal effort myself. The cross is a nicely executed type Oakeshott type 12. The arms of the cross are symmetrical and nicely curved. There were two or three light casting pits on the arms of the cross. The grip is extremely well executed as is the rain guard at the cross. Neither one of these items would have been trivial to make. The pommel on this model is a complex Oakeshott type T variant with three small recesses on one side. The complexity of this pommel make it extremly difficult to polish out completely and there was some blackening from the manufacturing processis visible in some of the recesses and lines of the pommel.

Conclusion: This sword is one of the most thoroughly researched sword reproductions on the market today. It is also one of the most hyped. It is often hard for a particular manufacturer to live up to the hype generated, but Albion has managed to do just that. I believe that this sword is completely worth its hefty price tag. I would purchase it again in a heartbeat.