Albion Armorers

Caithness

Overall Length: 38.25 inches
Blade Length: 31.25 inches
Point of Balance: 3.75 inches from cross
Center of Percussion: 19.75 inches from cross
Weight: 2.7 lbs
Pommel type: Oakeshott M
Cross type: Undefined
Blade type: Oakeshott XII / Geibig 5
Blade width at cross: 2 inches
Blade width 2 inches from tip: 1 inches

Performance Review: As is the norm with all of the Next Generation Albion swords I've handled this one balances out quite well for a sword of its type. It is easily used with one hand. The grip is significantly larger then that of its Vikig predecessors and therefore quite comfortable as well. The sword tracks easily and would probably be an entirely adequate cutter.

Appearance: As is usual with Albion swords this one was originally finished quite nicely. The blade is clean with no noticeable manufacturing defects. The handle wrap is as usual one of the best in the business, the fittings are nicely finished although there were some flaws in the pommel on this one. In many ways this sword is just another testament to Albion's aesthetic workmanship. This sword came to me in used condition so I had to polish out some rust spots and there was about 2 millimeters of the tip snapped off. I resharpened the tip and the sword seems t be good as new. This sword is an interesting piece from a historical perspective. Albion sells it as a sword development of cross pollination between the Norse and the Scots and I think that is historically accurate. Oakeshott mentions survival of the lobated pommel that he classifies as a type M very late in the northern reches of Scotland and the cross to shows definite Scottish influence. Of particular interest to me was the blade. Albion classifies it as a type XII in keeping with the date they ascribe to the sword, and they are not incorrect in that. However I wonder with the tendency to pass blades down and rehilt them and with obvious Norse tendencies as noted in the design of the pommel, couldn't such a blade just as easily be a Geibig type 5? It's always fun to speculate on history...

Conclusion: Although not my favorite Albion sword of all time (this is a matter of personal taste rather then handling or fit and finish) the Caithness is still a nice sword. If one wants a Scottish sword that shows large amounts of holdover from an earlier age... this may be just the piece.