Albion Armorers

Thegn

Overall Length: 35 inches
Blade Length: 28.75 inches
Point of Balance: 5 inches from cross
Center of Percussion: 18 inches from cross
Weight: 2 lbs
Pommel type: Petersen L
Cross type: N/A
Blade type: X
Blade width at cross: 4.5 inches
Blade width 2 inches from tip: 1.75 inches

Performance Review: I've handled several different "Viking" sword models from several different manufacturers. These include an Arms and Armor Shifford Viking, an Albion Berserkr and an Albion Vinland. I've found that for me the grips on currently produced Viking swords tend to be too small and cause the pommel to dig painfully into my hand. It is theorized that various different grips might have been used to overcome this particular problem however there would seem to be difficulties with all of these various solutions which leads to much debate as to whether or not they were actually used. With this background I was delighted to discover that the Thegn with it's Petersen Type L pommel did not have this particular problem. The user is able to hold the sword in the standard (and intuitive) "hammer" grip and swing the sword without the pommel digging painfully into the hands. The Thegn handles quite nicely. It is balanced as a cutter with a 5 inch balance point. Despite this the Thegn is very responsive.

Appearance: The Thegn presents a simple yet elegant appearance. In period it would probably have been considered rather dull in that it does not exhibit any of the decorative techniques or motifs so beloved of the Viking age warrior. However the Thegn fits the modern taste for clean lines and functional simplicity with a bit of style perfectly. The particular sword I handled was nicely polished with no discernible waves or grind marks. The fittings were cleanly cast with no pitting. The grip was Albion's standard offering this one in "plum." Plum to Albion apparently means a very dark (almost black) purple leather.

Conclusion: The Thegn is my favorite Viking sword from any manufacturer that I have handled to this point. Aesthetically is fairly simple which seems to have been reasonably atypical in period, however the reason I like this sword is its handling characteristics and the fact that unlike so many other modern reproductions it is possible to swing this sword with a "hammer" grip.