Review: Albion Caithness – High end Scottish arming sword


*** Specifications ***

Total length: 98 cm (38.5”)
Blade length: 79 cm (31.375″)
Point of balance: 10.8 cm (4.25″)
Weight: 1.15 kg (2 lbs 8.4 oz)

Material: 6150 carbon steel
Construction: Hot peened hilt assembly

Origin: Scotland, 13th century

*** Pros / Cons ***

+ Excellent steel, very tough and shock resistant, with outstanding flexibility
+ Amazing handling characteristics, very nimble, like the originals
+ Flawless finish, crisp lines
+ Solid and authentic hilt construction

– High price
– Could be just a little sharper

*** Verdict ***

Well, what can I say… currently this is the best sword in my collection. Highest material quality, superior fit and finish, and amazingly lively in the hand. Sorry if this comes across as a little biased, it’s just how I feel about this sword.

I did some pretty hard tests with it, especially some of the thrusts into 20% balistic gel with dry bamboo stick inside put a lot of stress on the blade. And the soaked newspaper rolls with a couple of layers of plastic wrap are fairly challenging to cut. It handled everything perfectly.

I can only say, if you’re looking for a historically accurate reproduction of a Medieval sword and can afford the price, go for it. It’s worth every cent.

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  1. If you went back to 13th century Scotland with that, what would actually be the physical results of that sword being used against their lesser purity steel? And could you represent that in a video?

  2. I'm only 5 years late to the review. I've had the Albion Knight and Laird, both of which use the exact same blade as the Caithness, which is an Oakeshott Type XII. I personally found I prefer later blade types. The early Crusade era blades like the Type XII's had a bit more flexibility than I like. My current Albion is the Sempach, which is a hand and a half with a Type XVII blade. I find it to be the epitome of what a combat blade should be. Flexible enough, and stiff enough. And I agree about the handling characteristics, there is nothing like an Albion.

  3. Every blade is stock removal at some point. Nothing is lost from this process. The only reason early smiths did not do this is they did not have the tech and it wastes material.

  4. The Cawood Sword dated from around the 11th or 12th Century on display at the Yorkshire Museum

    French and Norman fashion in England changed the style of weapons in England. The Cawood sowrd combines Norman designs, such as a heavy blade suitable for mounted combat against armoured foes, with a crossguard and pommel more along the line of Saxon or Viking styles seen in the Danelaw in England.

    It was found adjacent to the site of the Archbishop of York’s summer palace in Cawood in 1860. Due to this, and its quality, it may have belonged to him or one of his retinue.

  5. how do you preserve this sword do you have scabbard for it or it sits unsheathed on a shelf, which do you think is better, logical answer would be to keep it in sheath but my sword rusted like that and in a room with oil put on it could it be better?

  6. Do you have an iron,
    my friend?
    I know,
    I'm more, than ambiguous,
    right now.

    I'm just really curious,
    if you understand,
    what I mean.

    ~ K.

  7. How they make it,
    is automatically, the end resold,
    my gifted friend.

    But in such unique cases,
    it is in fact,
    like the oblivion berserker,
    a fantastic wall hanger, and more, than effective slice toy.

    I'll mix the oblivion berserker,
    with this effective guard,
    when I'll build it.

    Oh fuck!
    I'll make a two hander,
    with the pummel,
    on the end of the handle,
    and another pummel
    in the fucking middle,
    to use this baby one handed,

    How sounds that?
    Can you please,
    read it out loud again?

    * Whispered,
    " Wicked! "

    Important alert, for those,
    who actually do me this,
    unbelievable funny favor,
    to read it out loud!

    Just magine, that it'd be, more,
    than necessary loud now.


    I have to steal a steel peace
    of railway track.

    Even for me,
    it's a fucking mad line.
    I've recognised it to late.
    I'm definitely, not sorry.

    And besides,
    what is, "Sorry", for a
    fucking stupid name?
    I still don't get it.

    I hope,
    I'll see a tshu-tshu-thain.
    Because, I like trains.

    " Classic. "

    ~ K.


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