Albion Museum Line Solingen
|Overall Length:||39 inches|
|Blade Length:||32.5 inches|
|Point of Balance:||6 inches from cross|
|Center of Percussion:||21.5 inches from cross|
|Pommel type:||Oakeshott Type W|
|Cross type:||Oakeshott Type 7|
|Blade type:||Oakeshott XIV|
|Cross length:||7 inches|
|Blade width at cross:||2.5 inches|
|Blade width 2 inches from tip:||.75 inches|
|Handle Length:||6.5 inches|
Performance Review: This sword handles in a solid workmanlike manner, although not as agile as some of the lighter single hand swords that Albion produces it is still certainly a handy one handed sword. I believe that it would be a good choice for sword and shield work.
Appearance: As with all of Albion's current sword lines that I have been able to examine personally this sword exhibits a high level of fit and finish. The blade is perfectly ground, with two nicely defined and evenly created fullers. There were no discernible blade wobbles or geometry irregularities. The cross was nicely symmetrical and polished. The unusually shaped pommel also exhibited no casting flaws or other irregularities. The grip was the Albion standard wood, linen wrap, leather grip and as is usually the case with Albion products well put together. From a technical perspective this sword is excellent. I have to admit that from a personal perspective I was a bit underwhelmed by this particular model. It has been my privilege to handle all of the current swords in the Albion Museum Line except for the Sword of St. Maurice and I have come to expect greath things. The Tritonia, the Brescia and of course the Sture sword all exhibit unique characteristics that require that extra bit of work that propels the sword into the Museum Line. The Tritonia has that unique Type R pommel with the rosette, the Brescia with it's own unique pommel and laser like qualities in handling and of course the Sture sword inhabits a class by itself. To me the Solingen while a nice sword was no nicer then many of the other swords that inhabit Albion's Next Generation line. It handles well, but so do many other swords. It's fittings are nicely done, but certainly not as complex as some of the swords of the Next Generation line. The blade is nice but not spectacular, again its technical complexity is outdone by other swords not in the Museum Line.
Conclusion: I have mixed feelings on this sword. Technically the sword is exactly what you would expect from Albion. It is nicely executed in every detail. To me however, this sword just did not have that extra something that one expects to find in the upper tier Museum Line. A good sword? Absolutely. A superlative sword? Of course that is subjective but to me, it was not.