Albion Armorers

Brescia Spadona

Overall Length: 46 inches
Blade Length: 35 inches
Point of Balance: 3.5 inches from cross
Center of Percussion: 21.5 inches from cross
Weight: 3.4 lbs
Pommel type: T
Cross type: 8
Blade type: XVIa
Cross length: 11 inches
Blade width at cross: 2.25 inches
Blade width 2 inches from tip: 0.5 inches

Performance Review: This is actually a pretty good sized sword but you would never know it from the way it handles. This sword can be easily handled in one hand but absolutely floats when used with two. The type T pommel is very comfortable on the hands and the midrib on the grip gives the user a nice place to index the grip. I did some minor test cutting with this piece (with the owner's permission) and this sword cut effortlessly through pool noodles. The Brescia also has a needle sharp point and tracks beautifully in the thrust. This sword really handles very nicely indeed.

Appearance: The Brescia Spadona is one of Albion's "Museum Line" pieces and as such one expects a higher level of detail and care taken commeasurate with the increased pricing. The Brescia does not disappoint in that regard. The Blade is beautifully done polished to a high polish. At first a person might not notice the impressive blade geometry. However when held in the light you can see that the sword has secondary edge bevels making the cross section of the sword hexagonal rather then flattened diamond. The cross on this sword exhibited the only aesthetic flaw I found. It appeared that one of the surface planes had not been completely polished after the initial course polish as such there were a series of scratches on one of the edge planes. The grip is absolutely outstanding, beautiful to look at and comfortable to use. The pommel a multifaceted type T with concave facets in many ways looks like a gem in steel. All in all, a very aesthetically-pleasing sword. The more it is studied the more impressed with it you become.

Conclusion: At one point I had one of these Brescia's on order with Albion. Some of their other offerings tempted me away from that order, but after having a chance to spend some time with the sword I must admit to feeling a large amount of regret for not adding this beautiful and wickedly handling sword to my collection.