Albion Armorers

Duke

Overall Length: 46 inches
Blade Length: 36 inches
Point of Balance: 5.5 inches from cross
Center of Percussion: 20.5 inches from cross
Weight:
Pommel type: I
Cross type: 2
Blade type: XIIIa
Hilt length: 10 inches
Blade width at cross: 2.25 inches
Blade width 2 inches from tip: 1.5 inches
Handle Length: 7.25 inches

Performance Review: This is a big sword but handles very nicely for all that. I had been led to believe that the Duke was somewhat sluggish. Compared to something like the Albion Knight or the Arms and Armor Bavarian Broadsword it is. However, when compared to comparably sized swords I believe the Duke to be as agile as most of its contemporaries. The sword is balanced nicely and flows naturally into cuts and guards. Cutting is where this sword excels although it does not exhibit any of the "blade prejudice" that I was expecting. The somewhat spatulate point does not easily lend itself to thrusting, although it could probably do a reasonable job against light targets in a pinch.

Appearance: This is another of Albion's more austere offerings, with basically no embellishment beyond the dark green color of the grip leather. The blade on this sword exhibits the precision that is to be expected from a CNC ground piece. The long fuller is well executed and the edges taper slightly yet evenly towards the somewhat spatulate point. The cross is a Oakeshott type 2 with a round cross section. It is cleanly executed with no visible flaws and is nicely symmetrical. The pommel is plain but well built with no visible flaws. The grip on this particular example is green leather over wood and it seems to be well built and secure. As is the norm with Albion's new offerings the tolerances are very tight between the blade and hilt components.

Conclusion: I was expecting the Duke to be something of a tank and was pleasantly surprised that it instead offers reasonable agility, balance and weight for its size. Although the sword does not exhibit any fancy embellishment it is nicely constructed and exhibits a certain stark beauty. I would consider it a good buy for the money and probably one of the nicer examples of the XIIIa subtype currently available on the production market.