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Michael Pikula
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PostPosted: Mon 12 Sep, 2016 8:07 am    Post subject: Warrior's Path Type XIII         Reply with quote

Good morning everyone, I wanted to share a type XIII that I just completed. I grew fond of this style type XIII back when I made several of the "lost Oakeshott" inspired blades. I took the opportunity to use several different layer count billets and combine them in a randomly stacked pattern to see how the varying layer count would effect such a surface. The pattern is quite interesting since it looks to have plain areas from afar, and yet on close inspection there is a subtle patterning that didn't take on as much contrast in the etch. The wrought iron fittings show fantastic grain, and the pommel is a hollow forge welded form. Here are some images of the final result, additional information and purchase information is available at https://warriorspathpatternweld.com/collections/swords/products/pattern-welded-type-xiii-sword


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PostPosted: Mon 12 Sep, 2016 9:15 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Beautiful work. I love how the wrought iron came out.

Mind if I ask what you etched the iron in and for how long?
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PostPosted: Mon 12 Sep, 2016 9:52 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

What a great, wide, little XIIIb! Love the wrought furniture and powerful blade.
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PostPosted: Mon 12 Sep, 2016 5:38 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Wow, nice to see the great. M.P. back in action! And it seems with a new approach to swordmaking.
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PostPosted: Mon 12 Sep, 2016 8:16 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I love that XIIIb, a sword type that we don't see enough of. That's an interesting pommel - not sure what Oakshott type it is. - some variation of J perhaps.
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Really nice work. One of my favorite blade types.
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PostPosted: Tue 13 Sep, 2016 4:24 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

It's nice to see a new sword from you! Personally I don't favor type XIII but this is great work. May I ask what was the inspiration for the pommel?
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PostPosted: Tue 13 Sep, 2016 10:37 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Thank you for all the feedback!

Nathan Webb wrote:
Beautiful work. I love how the wrought iron came out.

Mind if I ask what you etched the iron in and for how long?


Thanks Nathan, I etched in Ferric Chloride. I did several soaks, between I cleaned off the surface with steel wool, degreased, etched again. Couldn't tell you how long of an etch and it will vary depending on the strength of your acid(technically a salt). Afterwards I soaked in baking soda and sanded with 600grit sanding paper.


While working on the piece I didn't have a direct original that I was drawing from. On Facebook Peter pointed out an original pommel that is very similar, and was on a site that I know I have visited in the past, so some part of it was saved in my subconscious for future recall. I think both are fairly attractive. http://www.vikverir.no/ressurser/usages_mythe...amp;page=7
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PostPosted: Mon 10 Oct, 2016 8:18 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

This piece is still available to add to your collection, and ready to ship today! I have been asked about scabbard options, and at this time I am not offering scabbard work, but would be more than happy to send the piece out to a scabbard maker of your choosing.

I have received a lot of comments on the wrought iron furniture, and the amazing flow of the patterning, especially on the pommel. In fact this has inspired me to start refining more wrought iron to use in the fittings that I will be using with my first run.

In addition to this piece, I also have a rather unique seax blade for sale, and a stunning migration era pattern welded blade for sale as well. Please visit www.warriorspathpatternweld.com to view all the projects looking for a home.
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PostPosted: Thu 13 Oct, 2016 5:26 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Hello Michael, the sword is really nice. I love the look of wrought iron. It's great to see your work. The bare blade you have on your site is really extraordinary...
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A friendly Monday post, hoping this finds everyone well! The type XIII is still up for sale, I am asking for $1700 shipped to your door, continental US. I got a chance to take some better pictures showing additional details and some with me for scale reference.

If there are any questions or ways that I can be of service, please let me know.











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Man, you're a young one. I have a step-grandson that looks older than you. But, then again, I'm an old fart. Laughing Out Loud Beautiful sword! Big Grin .....McM
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PostPosted: Tue 31 Jan, 2017 6:55 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Excellent artistry and craftsmanship. Not a fan of the blade shape and the pommel shape. It just makes the whole sword look brutish in my opinion.
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PostPosted: Tue 31 Jan, 2017 7:05 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Philip Dyer wrote:
Excellent artistry and craftsmanship. Not a fan of the blade shape and the pommel shape. It just makes the whole sword look brutish in my opinion.


Well, that's a matter of taste. Some of us like brutes! But with a 3rd XIIIb on its way to me now, I don't think I have space for another one. Someone else please buy this lovely sword and keep this young brilliant artist going.
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PostPosted: Tue 31 Jan, 2017 7:17 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I agree with the above statements. That wrought iron turned out great, and the pattern on the blade is gorgeous. The whole thing does look a bit 'Conan-ish', but in a good way. Happy The grip, however, looks awfully thin where it meets the pommel. That would be my only nit-pick of the whole sword. Other than that, I bet it would be a supreme shield-splitter. Eek! Big Grin ...McM
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Then again, a fatter grip wouldn't look right with the shape of the pommel. Happy ....McM
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Thank you for the thoughts! The XIII's certainly have a brutish look to them, it is part of what makes them so appealing. However, when balanced properly these swords can be very responsive and easy to control. At under 3 pounds, this blade has a commanding presence, yet is easy to control and responds beautifully. With the slightly shorter blade, it has an up close and personal feel to it.
The width of the blade, around 2.75" will dwarf most grips that aren't overbuilt, so I choose a shape that was indicative of how the piece felt in hand. When I explore this hilt form again I plan to make the pommel from a three piece construction which will allow me play with different grip shapes, although with how this one feels in hand, I don't think it really needs any changes.
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PostPosted: Fri 03 Feb, 2017 9:04 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

J.D. Crawford wrote:
Someone else please buy this lovely sword and keep this young brilliant artist going.


Done, and rather excited about it. Happy

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PostPosted: Fri 03 Feb, 2017 9:24 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Patrick Kelly wrote:
J.D. Crawford wrote:
Someone else please buy this lovely sword and keep this young brilliant artist going.


Done, and rather excited about it. Happy


Nicely done.

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PostPosted: Fri 03 Feb, 2017 10:20 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Brian K. wrote:
Patrick Kelly wrote:
J.D. Crawford wrote:
Someone else please buy this lovely sword and keep this young brilliant artist going.


Done, and rather excited about it. Happy


Nicely done.


Thanks. I just might need a scabbard for it. Wink

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