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Tim Lison




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PostPosted: Sun 23 Aug, 2009 11:20 am    Post subject: Custom Type Y Viking from Michael Pikula         Reply with quote

I just received my brand new custom type Y viking sword from Michael Pikula. He was kind enough to hand deliver it to me yesterday! (He was visiting friends near me) I can't say how perfect this piece is. Michael Pikula is incredibly talented at swordmaking! The feel of this sword is amazing. It's fast as a whip and still feels like it could break a shield! The finish on the blade is like silk. The termination of the fuller is so subtle it hurts, both sides too! The 2 part type Y is a favorite of mine. I have had an image of one that I got somewhere online a few years ago that I have been wanting to get reproduced since I saw it. Michael's talent has really captured what I wanted from this repro. Anyone who is in the market for a new custom and isn't on Michael's waiting list should give him serious consideration as the talent he displays on this piece is truly special. I'm attaching photos of the sword and the inspiration. Here are the stats:

Overall Length 37 inches
Blade Length 31 inches
Blade Width(at hilt) 2.5 inches
PoB 5.5 inches
Weight 2 lbs 7 oz



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Tim Lison




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PostPosted: Sun 23 Aug, 2009 11:22 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Sun 23 Aug, 2009 11:39 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Really impressive sword and having one of his spear heads that is flawless in every way, it's easy for me to believe how good it is. ( A fact hard to not know here considering how often I've mentioned it lately as well as a spear head by Michael being a Donation Prize for our fund drive ..... yes, I am shameless in highjacking this thread of a second. Razz Big Grin ).

When I see an exceptional maker struggling because of the economy and deserving being better know I am very motivated to encourage others to get his work. Wink Big Grin So, forgive me if I go a little overboard and can't resist all of the above positive comments.

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PostPosted: Sun 23 Aug, 2009 11:55 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Tim,

Congratulations on a fine sword. That's one I didn't care for in excavated form, but now that I see it brought back to life by a talented smith I like it very much. The pommel design gives the sword a very bold and imposing appearance, now you need an equally impressivescabbard to house it.
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PostPosted: Sun 23 Aug, 2009 12:25 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Very, very nice work! This is not the type of sword you see most often - but it somehow manages to look simple, elegant and deadly all at once.
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Tim May




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PostPosted: Sun 23 Aug, 2009 12:31 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Tim, I really like it was well. Particularly the shape of the grip, it matches the lines of the sword exceptionally well.
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PostPosted: Sun 23 Aug, 2009 5:40 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Tim,
I think I have asked this before but I thought I would ask again anyways. What is your address in Chicago? I plan on coming from the southside to collect this from you. Wink

Congratulations on a great looking sword to both you and Michael!

Scott

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Jim Adelsen
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PostPosted: Sun 23 Aug, 2009 7:43 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Great looking sword. Michael does some great work. Type Y is an excellent choice also. I haven't seen many replicas of them if any. Clearly from looking at this one there should be more out there.
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PostPosted: Sun 23 Aug, 2009 7:51 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

That's one of my favorite swords I've seen posted in quite some time.
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PostPosted: Sun 23 Aug, 2009 8:50 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Very very nice indeed!

Congratulations

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PostPosted: Mon 24 Aug, 2009 5:48 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Congratulations on a fantastic blade. I love to see rarely portrayed swords come to life! Big Grin
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PostPosted: Mon 24 Aug, 2009 7:21 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Congratulations on your new sword. What a beauty. I love that pommel!
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PostPosted: Mon 24 Aug, 2009 10:57 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

That's a seriously nice sword! Congratulations! It's a type that is rarely reproduced, but at the same time, it immediately looked "right".
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PostPosted: Mon 24 Aug, 2009 8:54 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Thanks for all the comments! I think it's more fun to get rarely seen things made by custom makers....I happen to like the oddballs too! If I were in the market for a type H or type R I would buy an Albion! Again, I can't say how pleased I am with this sword or what a pleasure Michael is to work with.

Patrick- Too true about the scabbard, but I just got an email form Brian of DBK that his queue is not open until next JUNE! Guess the scabbard will have to wait.......
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PostPosted: Mon 24 Aug, 2009 10:33 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Very nice sword Tim, I've always wanted to see this type with the 2 piece pommel.
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PostPosted: Tue 25 Aug, 2009 6:58 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Wow, that's impressive. I have to order something from mister Pikula one of these days...
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PostPosted: Wed 26 Aug, 2009 5:14 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Your way, Michael, creates clean lines. Happy
Not pass unnoticed here.
Beautiful sword. My compliment.
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