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Mateusz S.
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PostPosted: Sat 16 Jul, 2016 10:24 am    Post subject: FOR SALE: Castillon sword with unique pommel         Reply with quote

Hello,
I've finished new sword - Castillon type XVIII.
I've talked with my friend about this sword. The text on the pommel reads "ARCHIEPISCOPUS" which is Latin for 'Archbishop'. The pommel is probably older than rest of sword.
More information soon Happy
This one is for sale, I have to make scabbard and belting. I plan to make pelican on the leather - very popular symbol in the medieval ages. "Pelican feeding her little baby pelicans is rooted in an ancient legend which preceded Christianity",

Price is 1400 GBP (shipping to EU included, shipping to USA + 50GBP)






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PostPosted: Fri 29 Jul, 2016 7:18 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

UPDATE:
All is done Happy

The sword is based on very uniqe type XVIII.
Pommel have a inscription "ARCHIEPISCOPUS" which is Latin for 'Archbishop'. On the second side of pommel is coat of arms of Pierre de Cros, who was Archbishop of Arles.
On the scabbard (antique mahogany color) I've made the same coat of arms and inscription. I've added very popular pelican symbol. The pelican of the Middle Ages was thought to pierce herself in her breast in order to feed her blood to her young. Depictions of the pelican are meant to indicate Christ the Saviour who shed his blood in a like manner.

Of course, as usual all is hand made.

Dimensions:
total lenght: 92cm
blade lenght: 76cm
Blade width at the base: 72 mm
Blade thickness on the base 6mm
weight: 1494g
balance: 12,5cm
grip lenght: 9cm
hardness: 54HRC
edges: sharp

Price is 1400 GBP (shipping to EU and USA included)












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PostPosted: Tue 02 Aug, 2016 9:12 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I've updated the topic.
If you interested, please don't hesitate ask Happy

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I think the silence is because people are running out of superlatives to apply to your work.

I haven't held one of your pieces in hand, nor have I held an original Peter Johnsson piece, so I can't really compare them. But going by pictures one reminds me of the other. There is the clean precision of the work and the ambition of the projects.

Plus the detailing in the scabbards; just brilliant.
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PostPosted: Tue 02 Aug, 2016 7:33 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I quite like this piece. The Castillon swords are certainly some of the most intriguing of any extant swords available. The pommel that you've chosen to replicate is found on a sword sold by Peter Finer years ago and documented in one of their catalogs. It's a lovely piece and I really like that you've decided to make a version of it. Having said that, something about the original sword's lineage or origin has really nagged at me. For me, this has no effect whatsoever on the replica, of course, as I'd jump at the opportunity to own this piece were I in a position to do so. Your work is stunning.
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PostPosted: Wed 03 Aug, 2016 2:02 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

J.D. Crawford wrote:
I think the silence is because people are running out of superlatives to apply to your work.

I haven't held one of your pieces in hand, nor have I held an original Peter Johnsson piece, so I can't really compare them. But going by pictures one reminds me of the other. There is the clean precision of the work and the ambition of the projects.

Plus the detailing in the scabbards; just brilliant.


Owning both I can say that the comparison is apt. Mateusz' work doesn't quite rise to the level of Peter's as of yet, but the potential is obvious. I certainly don't mean that as a criticism because, quite frankly, few do truly compete with Peter. However, I can see many parallels in the two craftsman. I'm still thrilled with the sword I bought from Mateusz and it vies with my Johnsson for pride of place as my favorite, so that should tell you what I think of his abilities. Considering the quality v. cost comparison, you're getting an incredible deal with Mateusz. I dearly wish I could make this sword mine. I love the aesthetic and proportion of it.

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PostPosted: Wed 03 Aug, 2016 2:54 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I completely agree with you ,Patrick Kelly, as I also own a sword from Peter Johnsson and recently a sword by Mateusz , and the two make me happy (considering it's not the same price and "category" but I don't know who can surpass Peter (conception,finish,"soul" of the sword etc) ) but the work of Matteusz is really very good and better than many other swordsmiths...thus you can buy with eyes closed ..(and if you want axes >>> see the work of his brother Damian)
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Wow! It's amazing how such a broad blade can terminate in such a wicked spike of a point!

Aside from this and A&A's Henry V sword, there doesn't seem to be very many of these broad, single-handed XVIII's out there on the market.

Very impressive work, Mateusz!

I'm still absolutely swooning over your "Munich XVIIIb" reproductions, by the way. I hope you haven't gotten tired of making them yet, because I would love to get my hands on one of those some day!

Additionally, your leatherwork is among the most impeccable I have seen in some time!

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PostPosted: Wed 10 Aug, 2016 8:00 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Thank you all for your kind words Happy I don't expect that anyone will compare my works to Peter Johnsson. He is the best bladesmith ever Big Grin I think that there is a long way to his level before me, but I try to be better and better.

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I'm still absolutely swooning over your "Munich XVIIIb" reproductions, by the way. I hope you haven't gotten tired of making them yet, because I would love to get my hands on one of those some day!

Additionally, your leatherwork is among the most impeccable I have seen in some time!



I haven't gotten tired of it Happy Munich sword is one of my favourite. Making it is a pure pleasure. Now I'm working on next one Happy

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PostPosted: Fri 23 Sep, 2016 7:49 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

sword is still available Happy
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