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Albion Museum Collection - The Søborg Sword - AM9
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Albion Museum Collection - The Søborg Sword

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Overall Length: 43'' Blade: 37''
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Blade: 6150 High Carbon Steel
Weight: 2 lb 6.7 oz
Edge:  Very Sharp
P.O.B.: 6 1/4''
Thickness: 4.3 mm - 1.7 mm
Width: 46.3 mm
Grip Length: 4 1/4''
Pommel: Peened

The Søborg, a 12th Century knightly Danish Sword is one of Albion’s Museum Line Collection Swords - These are recreations of specific, fine historical swords in the world’s museums. These recreations are founded on Albion’s sword expert Peter Johnsson’s hands-on research and analyzation of the originals.

The Søborg was named for the castle grounds at which is was excavated. It is now in the National Museum of Copenhagen. It was likely created around 1100 - 1175. It is regarded as a weapon that was ‘’masterfully made with a clear understanding of function and a fine sense of form and proportions.’’ (quote from Albion).

The exact meaning of the fuller inscriptions if not known, but there are clues. ‘’TIoSEToMAoT’’ may be an abbreviation for a notable religious character or a Saint - the ‘’MA’’ may be ‘’Mater’’ or ‘’Maria’’. ‘’SctSPETRNuS’’ is likely a reference or invocation to Saint Peter.

This would have, no doubt been a very expensive sword to create as the inscriptions and blade quality indicate, but its owner did not make a gaudy weapon emphasizing his wealth, but a relatively simple, elegant sword that belies a adherence to duty and to the defense of the Church.

Søborg Castle was once the strongest castle in Denmark - the Catholic Church and the Danish Kings had a tumultuous history, and both of these major powers warily built castles to guard their interests. Archbishop Eskil lorded over Søborg and its lands during the time period that the Søborg sword was forged. That this austere sword, heavily inscribed with religious references was found here is not surprising. It is likely that the blade could have once belonged to a man-at-arms in the service of the Archbishop.

Albion’s recreation of this sword has a blade that has been hand ground to shape and tempered for the right mix of flexibility and edge retention and finished to a ‘’satin’’ polish. The crossguard and pommel are of steel and the grip is wood covered with tight leather over cord.

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