The Original Sword
The sword of the viceroy is unique.
Though the Svante sword looks almost delicate in photographs, it is actually a very large and imposing sword, carrying a lot of authority -- a true warrior's sword of the period, made for fighting, not display. The sword has an unusually powerful blade, and yet is surprisingly maneuverable and quick for its size
(paraphrased from the article in Warrior Magazine -- for full on-line text go to Svante Article )
Peter documenting the original sword
Peter's recreation in process
Peter's book on the Svante sword
Designing the final pommel
The recreation and the original
by Peter Johnsson and Albion
The sword made in the workshops of Albion is a direct result of a project Peter completed as his degree thesis. Peter set out to forge an exact reconstruction that was to be the basis of a published study of the original.
The knowledge gained during this project is now resulting in a faithful and highly realistic reconstruction made by the skilled artisans of Albion.
No effort is spared to make these swords true to the original, not only in dimensions but also in performance and aesthetic details.
The blade is 1075 steel, hand-ground and finished to a high satin finish. The broad edges are deeply hollow-ground. Each blade is individually heat treated by hand for maximum flexibility and cutting performance.
The wooden core of the grip is bound with cord and covered with leather, with a hand-made tooled leather chappe (rainguard).
The "S" shaped cross with its gently flaring ends and the fluted pommel are both investment cast from waxes hand-carved by Peter Johnsson, and hand-finished and mounted to fit the individual blade.
Overall length: 46.5" (118 cm)
Blade length: 33.5" (85 cm)
Blade width (at widest): 2" (5 cm)
Blade thickness (at base): 0.47" (1.19 cm)
CoG: 2.125" from cross (5.40 cm)
CoP: 18" from cross (45.7 cm)
Weight: 4 lbs (1.81 kilos)
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