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The Gaddhjalt Sword

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  • Model: AA0101040


This is the first model of the Next Generation Albion Mark Line the Gaddhjalt. In the late Viking era this style of hilt was referred to regionally as a"gaddhjalt"(pr. gahd-hyalt) or"spike hilt"due to the distinctive thin quillons on the guard -- distinguishing it from the earlier more"stout"Viking hilt forms. Hilts with long slim crossguards were categorized as a Type X by Jan Petersen. He dates these to a period spanning from the early 10th to the mid-11th centuries. This type of sword was the precursor of what we refer to today as the"Crusader cruciform hilt." Petersen describes two variants of this hilt type from his examination of 49 examples distributed across Norway. The older of the two variants has a taller slimmer pommel and a thicker guard that may be slightly curved. The latter of the two has a lower thicker pommel and a thinner longer cross. We have chosen to reproduce the second variant in a style that shows some continental influence which due to the numbers of originals found appears to have been more common. Peter Johnsson has designed this sword to be a perfected representative of this type blending the properties of several originals and their common design elements into a simple yet dramatically beautiful and dynamic sword of the period. The hilt components are investment cast in mild steel from original waxes carved by Peter Johnsson based on his first-hand examination and documentation of period originals of this type. The blade is classified as a Geibig Type 5 (which also could be described as an Oakeshott Type Xa or XI). The blade blanks are shaped from 1075 steel to high tolerances in aspects regarding harmonic proportions and mass distribution as observed in original blades of the same type. To establish edge geometry and precise surface definition they are hand ground to a fine satin finish. heat-treating is done in the Albion Forge Shop to a perfect balance between edge retention and toughness. These swords will be sold sharp unless otherwise requested by the customer The grip is of stabilized birch wrapped with cord and covered with the highest grade vegetable-tanned calfskin. Specifications Overall length: 41.125"(104 cm) Blade Length: 35.875"(91 cm) Blade width (at base): 1.93"(5 cm) CoB: 6.75"(17 cm) CoP: 22.375"(53 cm) Weight: 2 lbs 7.4 oz (1.1 kilos) This sword is offered in a limited edition of 500 swords worldwide.


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