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PostPosted: Wed 16 Dec, 2009 4:29 pm    Post subject: New Dagger from Michael Pikula         Reply with quote

I just received my Christamas present from me! It is a dagger made by Michael Pikula. It is perfectly done. I couldn't have hoped for better results than Michael delivered! Here are some stats and pics:

OAL- 22 inches
BL- 16.25 inches

The scabbard he made fits perfectly. I have attached a photo of the original it was made after.



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PostPosted: Wed 16 Dec, 2009 4:43 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Very nice dagger! What time period is it based upon?
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PostPosted: Wed 16 Dec, 2009 4:45 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

That looks great Tim! Michael told me that he was making you a dagger when I met with him last month to get a look at the blade of the sword he is currently working on for me. Though he did not mention that your dagger had a Type W pommel. Which is funny since the sword he is working on his going to have a Type W.

Congratulations to both you and Michael on a great looking dagger. Out of curiosity, how wide is the blade at the guard?

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PostPosted: Wed 16 Dec, 2009 4:50 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

That is beautiful. It looks incredibly lethal. I'll echo the other questions with, what are the details on the original? Looks like a wonderful recreation.
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PostPosted: Wed 16 Dec, 2009 5:28 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Nice bit of a package. Cool
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PostPosted: Wed 16 Dec, 2009 5:31 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Congrats, I love the proportions and sleek shape, the color combinations are quite eye catching too.
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PostPosted: Wed 16 Dec, 2009 6:01 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

The original is said to be 14th century. Not sure if it early or late though.... The blade is 1.2 inches at the guard.
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PostPosted: Wed 16 Dec, 2009 6:35 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

That is absolutely gorgeous, congratulations!

The way that the center line of the pommel lines up with the central line on the grip is a very nice touch.

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PostPosted: Wed 16 Dec, 2009 8:59 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

And I was about to make a "what's Michael up to now that Jean's Partizan is done" post. Now I know. Looks great!
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PostPosted: Thu 17 Dec, 2009 9:30 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Very nice looking knife and scabbard. Cool

Is the pommel brass or bronze ? It might be a good idea to consider the option of using bronze for the pommel of my Cinquedea but still use steel for the guard. ( My Albion Sovereign has a bronze pommel and a steel guard and it's a nice combination ).

The work seem flawless as does the work on my Partizan.

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PostPosted: Fri 18 Dec, 2009 3:55 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

The original is from a german language book called "Europäische Hieb- und Stichwaffen by Heinrich Müller and Hartmut Kölling"

Here's the description, can anyone translate?

Dolch, 14. Jahrhundert
Rautenförmiger, Klingenquerschnitt. Doppelkonischer Knauf und Parierstange aus Bronze.
Ehemals Sammlung Gay, Paris.
Gl 525 mm, Kl 410 mm, Kb 24 mm, G 270 g; W923 (12.38)
Lit: R. Wegeli, Inventar der Waffensammlung, Bd. II, S.309,
Nr. 1184, Taf. XLVI



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PostPosted: Fri 18 Dec, 2009 5:54 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Danny Grigg wrote:
Doppelkonischer Knauf und Parierstange aus Bronze.


This translates roughly as "Double-cone pommel and parrying bar (ie guard) of bronze."

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PostPosted: Fri 18 Dec, 2009 6:54 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Danny Grigg wrote:


Dolch, 14. Jahrhundert



Dagger, 14 hundred years, or the 15th century. The part below what Chad has translated is the address where it's located (if you haven't already guessed that.)

Beautiful piece! It's an excellent choice of weapon and smith! The fine lines, symmetry,and colors add to the craftsmanship to make this a real,piece of eye candy. Well done.

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PostPosted: Fri 18 Dec, 2009 7:27 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

R D Moore wrote:
Danny Grigg wrote:


Dolch, 14. Jahrhundert



Dagger, 14 hundred years, or the 15th century. The part below what Chad has translated is the address where it's located (if you haven't already guessed that.)

Beautiful piece! It's an excellent choice of weapon and smith! The fine lines, symmetry,and colors add to the craftsmanship to make this a real,piece of eye candy. Well done.



Actually 14. Jahrhundert IS 14th century. While 15. Jahrhundert is 15th century.
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PostPosted: Fri 18 Dec, 2009 7:30 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

R D Moore wrote:
Danny Grigg wrote:


Dolch, 14. Jahrhundert



Dagger, 14 hundred years, or the 15th century. The part below what Chad has translated is the address where it's located (if you haven't already guessed that.)

Beautiful piece! It's an excellent choice of weapon and smith! The fine lines, symmetry,and colors add to the craftsmanship to make this a real,piece of eye candy. Well done.


Actually, I'm pretty sure that 14. Jahrhundert means 14th century as in the 1300s at least in that publication. For example page 191 in that book is titled "16. and 17. Jahrhundert." It shows three items: dated 1562, 1597, and after 1600. So it has to mean 16th (1500s) and 17th (1600s) centuries.

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PostPosted: Fri 18 Dec, 2009 7:37 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

No wonder nobody answers me back from Germany!! Hope I'm not swearing at them!
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R D Moore wrote:
No wonder nobody answers me back from Germany!! Hope I'm not swearing at them!


You are welcome!
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PostPosted: Fri 18 Dec, 2009 9:00 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Thank you Tim for posting the images of the dagger and the original that it is based on. The pommel is Bronze that was forged by upsetting about 3.5 inches of 1" round bronze rod. Good to hear all the positive feedback!
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PostPosted: Fri 18 Dec, 2009 8:38 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Michael Pikula wrote:
Thank you Tim for posting the images of the dagger and the original that it is based on. The pommel is Bronze that was forged by upsetting about 3.5 inches of 1" round bronze rod. Good to hear all the positive feedback!


Forged bronze would be a good ideal for the pommel of my cinquedea. Wink Laughing Out Loud

I still prefer steel for guards as they may need to resist damage more than a pommel due to parrying although one usually doesn't use the guard to hard stop a cut it can happen at times.

Oh, sorry if this is " highjacking this Topic ": Congratulations Tim on a very nice dagger. Cool

I think we all want to give Michael as much well deserved P.R. buzz as we can to help him stay in business and put food on the table as well as encouraging a talented maker who is just starting to get known for his good design and superb craftsmanship and attention to detail ( Near flawless execution at least with my Partizan as I haven't noticed anything I could point to as being even a small flaw in the finish ).

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PostPosted: Sat 19 Dec, 2009 10:42 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

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I agree! The more buzz we can generate for Michael the better! His work really is great. This dagger couldn't be more perfect. I've already started to talk with him about our next project..... BTW, can't wait to see the Cinquedea!
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