Albion

Vinland

Overall Length: 36.75 inches
Blade Length: 30.75 inches
Point of Balance: 6.5 inches from cross
Center of Percussion: 22.5 inches from cross
Weight: 2.8 lbs
Pommel type:
Blade type: Peterson Type R
Cross length: 4 inches
Blade width at cross: 2.25 inches
Blade width 2 inches from tip: 1 inch

Performance Review: In handling this sword seems very typical of the viking type sword, that is mostly cut oriented with a slashing or chopping sort of cut recommended. As with most Viking swords I found the pommel of this one to be rather uncomfortable when used in the intuitive "hammer" style grip. There are various theories as to how this discomfort should be eleminated I leave it to the reader to determine which solution they will use if they buy this sword, suffice it to say that the "hammer" grip is not really workable when swinging this sword. The sword is however light and fast and very nicely balanced.

Appearance: I have had the opportunity to handle both a bronze fitted Vinland and a Steel fitted Vinland. The blades for the two swords per practically identical and both very well done. There is a broad shallow fuller that runs nearly to the tip on the blade and on the examples I handled this fuller was nicely blended into the rest of the blade geometry. The fittings were both nicely cast with the steel being a bit better defined then the bronze fittings who exhibited some small irregularities in the attractive vining design that wanders across both cross and pommel. The grip was Albion's standard thin leather over wood and was up to their usual standards of fit and finish. The entire hilt assembly was tightly peened together and seemed well constructed.

Conclusion: This is a nice example of a slightly more then typical Viking sword from Albion Armorers. It exhibits the usual handling characteristics common to most Albion Vikings that I have handled and aesthetically is a very nice piece. Although the Vinland is no longer available from Albion having been sold out for some time if you are in the market for a Viking sword this one may well be worth a look on the secondary market.