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Maciej K.
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PostPosted: Sun 07 Sep, 2014 11:13 am    Post subject: Rijksmuseum viking sword reconstruction...         Reply with quote

Hi everyone,
this is my first post in this group - as maker.
first of all I want to thank myArmoury community for years of inspirations, helpfull tutorials, usefull advices and all enlightening disscutions.

I`m from Poland - my name is Maciej Kopciuch.
From over two years I make medieval swords and scabbards for museums and individual customers - mostly based on original swords and researches.

Let me show you my last work:

"Viking" - based on Rijksmuseum van Oudheden sword dimensions:
lenght 920mm
blade 770mm
blade width 54mm
thickness 4,5mm
handle 97mm
weight 1500g
balance 145mm
edges - blunt
materials: steel - one kind (54HRC), brass, silver, leather, wood.





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Mikko Kuusirati




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PostPosted: Sun 07 Sep, 2014 11:56 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Gorgeous work! I really love the bold, clean lines and subtle decorative detail of these swords, and this is a very handsome specimen of the type. The slightly rough finish is a great touch, too.
The subtle tongue, the sophist guile, they fail when the broadswords sing;
Rush in and die, dogs -- I was a man before I was a king.
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Mark Moore




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PostPosted: Sun 07 Sep, 2014 2:18 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

That looks freakin' awesome. That is a true masterpiece. You deserve to be very proud. Big Grin .......McM
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Stephen Curtin




PostPosted: Sun 07 Sep, 2014 2:39 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Beautiful work Maciej. Glad you decided to share with us.
╔irinn go Brßch
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David Lewis Smith




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PostPosted: Sun 07 Sep, 2014 6:25 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

One of the best reproductions I have seen.

The detail work is among the best I have seen.

Thank you for sharing this with us

David L Smith
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Maciej K.
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PostPosted: Mon 08 Sep, 2014 4:00 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Thank you all.
Mikko - about this slightly rough finish - yes, I think this is very important that the swords should have something like human touch and time marks, slightly usage marks... - in my opinion these gives them the character. also - as we know - there was no two identhical swords in middle ages.
that why I prefere hand finishing - not by machine, which is simply artificial.

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Niels Just Rasmussen




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PostPosted: Mon 08 Sep, 2014 10:47 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Very impressive and beautiful work.
Seems you really got a dream job these last two years, so many thanks for sharing Big Grin
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Maciej K.
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PostPosted: Tue 09 Sep, 2014 1:07 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

yes Niels, you can say that Happy thanks!
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J. Nicolaysen




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PostPosted: Sat 13 Sep, 2014 1:24 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

This is my favorite of the three you have posted, but it is a hard choice and they are all very well done. It is nice to see another good maker.
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Tim Lison




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PostPosted: Sat 13 Sep, 2014 11:00 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Really good although I would like to see the beaded wire between the pommel and upper guard. I think it adds a lot to the original...
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Maciej K.
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PostPosted: Sun 14 Sep, 2014 11:10 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Thank you.
yes Tim, about the wire on the pommel you are right.
I have this in plans but not on this sword - it is already not mine Happy

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Jerry Monaghan




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PostPosted: Sun 14 Sep, 2014 6:40 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Hi Maciej.
Great looking sword like the hilt love the inlay an job well done an true masterpiece thanks for posting

Regards

Jerry Monaghan
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Bartek Strojek




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PostPosted: Mon 15 Sep, 2014 10:49 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Wow, at 1500g and center of gravity at 14.5 cm it sounds like quite a beast. Eek!

How would you say it handles, if possible?
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Maciej K.
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PostPosted: Mon 15 Sep, 2014 11:14 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

thank you Jerry Happy
Bartek - actually it is not the sword in my type Happy I prefer something like my "early longsword" for fencing training.
about the handling of this sword - it is true powerfull war tool.
when you cut strong - you have to use right technique of handling for this type of pommel... hard to describe to me and my poor English Happy

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Kevin Colwell
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PostPosted: Fri 10 Oct, 2014 4:18 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I haven't been on the forum in awhile, so I missed this. It is a beautiful piece.
great work.


kc

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Ben Sweet




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PostPosted: Sat 11 Oct, 2014 3:50 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Now that is a beauty...!
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Oliver Schmid




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PostPosted: Mon 10 Nov, 2014 7:51 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

fantastic work!!! i like it very much.

oliver s.
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Maciej K.
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PostPosted: Tue 11 Nov, 2014 11:19 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

thank you all Happy I`m working now on few viking age swords ... soon next pieces.
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