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Michael Pearce
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PostPosted: Fri 20 Feb, 2009 9:22 am    Post subject: Peterson Type X 'Viking' sword         Reply with quote

There's been some call for larger, heavier Viking Swords (serious cleavers IOW) lately so I've made this:





Oakeshott Type: Xa
Peterson Type: X
Overall Length: 36-1/4 inches
Blade Length: 30 inches
Blade width @ Base: 2-1/4 inches
Blade Width 2-1/2 inches from point: 1-3/8 inches
Blade Thickness @ Base: .215 inch
Blade Thickness 2 inches from Point: .100 inch
Hilt Overall Length: 6-1/4 inches
Length of Handle: 4 inches
Handle Construction: Wood core, Leather Wrap
Guard Type: 1
Pommel Type: B1
Center of Gravity: 6-1/4 inches from guard
Location of Blade Node (measured from Guard): 21 inches
Weight: 2lbs 12 oz
Sword in the style of 'Viking' swords from the latter half of the 10thC. through the 11th C. The broad flat blade has a narrow, shallow fuller on either face running from the tang to within 3 inches of the point. The blade is 5160 spring steel and is differential-tempered with the cutting edge at approx. HRc59 and the spine, tang and base of the blade drawn back to HRc45-48. The broad blade and narrow fuller combine to make this a very rigid sword. The blade is engraved on either face in the fuller approximately 1/3 of it's length from the hilt. The style and content of the engraving is consistent for this swords period. One the smae face as the maker's mark the sword is engraved with the words 'Tinker Me Fecit' flanked on either end with a 'Cross Potent.' The other face features the text "Innomine Domine' again flanked with the 'Cross Potent.'

The hilt is permanently mounted with the tang passed through the pommel and riveted over the top. The hilt furniture is mild steel. The guard and pommel are lightly decorated with incised lines, which in the case of the pommel mimics the appearance of a three-lobed pommel with upper guard; this is a feature occasionally seen on antiques of this type.
The tang is 1 inch broad at the base and tapers to approx. 1/2 inch wide where it enters the pommel. The section is reduced and passed through the pommel riveting. The handle is made of sanwiched hardwood wrapped in brown leather. The leather was over-wrapped with cord to secure it while the adhesive dried, which has left a pattern on the leather so that it appears to have a cord-wrap under the leather.

Michael 'Tinker' Pearce
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Scott Kowalski




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PostPosted: Fri 20 Feb, 2009 12:28 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Now that is what I am talking about Tinker! A nice big one handed cutting machine. I have said it before and I will say it again. You are among the people who make it hard for me to keep a budget and not get into trouble with my wife. That and to keep paying bills Eek! !

Scott
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Tim Seaton




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PostPosted: Fri 20 Feb, 2009 4:40 pm    Post subject: nice         Reply with quote

Mr Pearce u have always amazed me in the art of sword making Cool But this sword would hurt some wons feeling with out a Dought !!!!!!!!!
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PostPosted: Sat 21 Feb, 2009 12:52 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

You must be some kind of sorcerer...or maybe taught by Weyland Smith himself!

Now, such a beautiful weapon must, by law, have an equally awesome scabbard!

M.

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Michael Pearce
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PostPosted: Sat 21 Feb, 2009 7:21 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Thank you all! Whether or not this sword gets an awesome scabbard will be in the hands of the customer, though; It sold with the standard leather one. Scabbards, alas, are not by best thing so I usually advise customers to go 'aftermarket' for a really cool one.
Michael 'Tinker' Pearce
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Matthew G.M. Korenkiewicz




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PostPosted: Sat 21 Feb, 2009 9:10 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I keep wanting to add a solid Viking Sword to my collection as well, and will
probably -- in time -- commission someone to build me a monster with beefier
lines. I recall seeing one of your " two handed viking swords " available once
upon a time and almost picked it up. But this one is pretty cool.
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