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PostPosted: Mon 27 Aug, 2012 11:20 am    Post subject: Michael Pikula Anglo Saxon sword with copper pommel         Reply with quote

Micahel Pikula just sent these photos of the type L (Wheeler type 9?) sword that he has finished making for me. It has a copper pommel which we based on several examples. I have included a few photos of originals for comparison. We thought that a wire wrapped grip would suit this sword. The grip has alternating copper and silver wire, the pommel lobes have silver wire between them. It looks great in my opinion and I can't wait to receive it!


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PostPosted: Mon 27 Aug, 2012 11:40 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

That's impressive as one expects from Michael's work and I hope we will see more of his work and that he makes some available to purchase as he isn't taking any new custom order currently.

As far as I know since he announced a while back that he wanted to focus on doing only work that he initiates himself and not have the pressures of deadlines and customer expectations to fulfill.

Hope that things are going well with him.

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PostPosted: Mon 27 Aug, 2012 12:09 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Very cool... I have always wondered about these type L's with copper pommel. Very unique with the wire wrap.
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PostPosted: Mon 27 Aug, 2012 12:40 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I like it very much. A very special and unusual grip and pommel style!

Have fun with it,
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PostPosted: Mon 27 Aug, 2012 4:43 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Top quality work, as usual Mike. Did you have to re-do anything on it, or did it pretty much come together?
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PostPosted: Mon 27 Aug, 2012 5:28 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

This is fantastic! Do you have any larger images of this blade? Purely for my own enjoyment, of course.
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PostPosted: Mon 27 Aug, 2012 5:38 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Adam H. wrote:
This is fantastic! Do you have any larger images of this blade? Purely for my own enjoyment, of course.


I'll post some as soon as it arrives! I'll also post a few "in hand" shots...
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PostPosted: Mon 27 Aug, 2012 6:37 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

That is a great looking sword. Michael Pikula proves again that he is up there level with the best swordmakers.
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PostPosted: Tue 28 Aug, 2012 8:47 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I love this sword Tim,

It's so unique in the modern reproduction setting. The blade has such an elegant shape and the copper should be quite striking as it changes in appearance over time- that is unless you keep it bright.

Congratulations on your wonderful acquisition!
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PostPosted: Tue 28 Aug, 2012 9:35 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

What are the measurements? In particular, I was wondering how wide the blade is. Also the weight, POB and length....
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PostPosted: Tue 28 Aug, 2012 9:48 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Robin Smith wrote:
What are the measurements? In particular, I was wondering how wide the blade is. Also the weight, POB and length....


Here are the measurements that Michael sent:
Blade length: 31.5"
Length over all: 37.25"
Blade width at guard: 2 7/16"
grip length: 3 5/8"
Point of balance: 5 1/4" forward of guard
Forward node & center of percussion: 21"
weight: 2lb. 9oz
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PostPosted: Tue 28 Aug, 2012 9:57 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Thank you kind sir!

I like it...

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PostPosted: Tue 28 Aug, 2012 12:30 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

This was a really exciting project to work on and I was sad to ship it off. It pretty much came together as I anticipated, except of course ended up better in the material world. It has a very hungry feel to it that is almost aching to be cut with, yet lively in the hand. A very distinct presence that I'm sure Tim can comment on.
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PostPosted: Tue 28 Aug, 2012 1:17 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Magnificent.

Tim, you and Mr Crawford have become patrons of the art, and should gather some day and pile up your magnificent viking/early medieval collection.

Congrats to you Michael. Great work indeed!

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PostPosted: Tue 28 Aug, 2012 1:23 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Julien M wrote:
Magnificent.

Tim, you and Mr Crawford have become patrons of the art, and should gather some day and pile up your magnificent viking/early medieval collection.

Congrats to you Michael. Great work indeed!

J


Thanks for the kind words. We may have to do that someday, although I'm not sure how crossing the border would work with a trunk load of swords!!!
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PostPosted: Tue 28 Aug, 2012 5:14 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Tim Lison wrote:
Thanks for the kind words. We may have to do that someday, although I'm not sure how crossing the border would work with a trunk load of swords!!!


We'll just have to storm the border - a massive charge from both sides!

So, Holmes, now I see what you meant the other day when you said you would be back for another round soon. Another beauty for your collection! My congratulations to both you and Mr. Pikula. I love the broad blade and 9? (I lost count) lobules!
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PostPosted: Tue 28 Aug, 2012 6:24 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Doug, Tim,

No need to storm the border! It is my understanding that there is no problem driving swords between countries.

The late Viking and early/high medieval period is such a great era for the weapons enthusiast.
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PostPosted: Tue 28 Aug, 2012 8:00 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

J.D. Crawford wrote:
Tim Lison wrote:
Thanks for the kind words. We may have to do that someday, although I'm not sure how crossing the border would work with a trunk load of swords!!!


We'll just have to storm the border - a massive charge from both sides!

So, Holmes, now I see what you meant the other day when you said you would be back for another round soon. Another beauty for your collection! My congratulations to both you and Mr. Pikula. I love the broad blade and 9? (I lost count) lobules!


I don't think the two of us counts as "massive". Big Grin This is only round 1 of my rebuttal. Round 2 is being finished by Craig and the guys at A&A... Also, this one will go to Brian at DBK for a scabbard next month. MwaaaaHaaaaHaaaa!!! (That's supposed to be an evil laugh)
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Jeremy V. Krause wrote:
The late Viking and early/high medieval period is such a great era for the weapons enthusiast.


I sure agree with this! There is getting to be a good little group of us that are getting stuff from this period made recently. It's nice to see...
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Tim Lison wrote:
Jeremy V. Krause wrote:
The late Viking and early/high medieval period is such a great era for the weapons enthusiast.


I sure agree with this! There is getting to be a good little group of us that are getting stuff from this period made recently. It's nice to see...


My next is a very accurate dane axe.

Then I will either go for another late period seax or TRY and save for a extra special sword.
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