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Jean Thibodeau




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PostPosted: Wed 02 Aug, 2017 3:28 pm    Post subject: Mixhael Pikula sword at Kult of Athena         Reply with quote

I just noticed that Kult of Athena has a Michael Pikula pattern welded sword Viking sword for sale on their site.

To me this is good news if it means that Michael will get more exposure to potential buyers and help him sell his work.

http://www.kultofathena.com/product.asp?item=...king+Sword

Not everyone can afford the price, but for the quality of work that Michael can do, and with a custom pattern welded sword from a high end maker the price is well worth it.

Michael's work is well known on this site, but he isn't as widely known as some of the established makers that command many times the price for their work, and have long long long wait times.

Also, available now from a reliable vendor like Kult of Athena makes buying a low risk high satisfaction customer service experience.

I have commissioned custom work from Michael Pikula in the past, and also bought some of his mono steel hand forged swords and can attest to the great quality. I also bought them early a few years ago when he was barely known and his prices where about the same as for an Albion, but for a completely hand forged sword: In other words at least half of what they should have cost for the quality of the work.

I can praise Michael's work as at very top level of skill and workmanship as well as in the authentic handling of his swords.

Also, dealing with Michael directly for custom work was a completely satisfactory design experience with delivery times as promised.

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Jon Makar




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PostPosted: Wed 02 Aug, 2017 8:37 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Ooh, I'm a sucker for a nice, sleek Type H pommel....and that pattern weld....*drool*
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PostPosted: Sun 06 Aug, 2017 5:28 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I'm glad to see this - also glad to see that KOA put a little more into the description. There are differing forging methodologies of "pattern welded" blades out there.
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PostPosted: Sun 06 Aug, 2017 7:59 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Agree 100% with Jean. I have three Viking items I bought a few years back. A custom L6 Viking sword, L6 Langseax and a regular seax. This was when Michael's items were priced comparable to Albion. Great guy to work with and his swords are outstanding.

Very glad he is still in the game.

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Jean Thibodeau




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PostPosted: Mon 07 Aug, 2017 4:52 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

William Swiger wrote:
Agree 100% with Jean. I have three Viking items I bought a few years back. A custom L6 Viking sword, L6 Langseax and a regular seax. This was when Michael's items were priced comparable to Albion. Great guy to work with and his swords are outstanding.

Very glad he is still in the game.


Thanks William: It's always nice when someone agrees with me .... Big Grin Cool

Michael's swords priced at the same level as Albion where very " underpriced " considering that they where hand forged and of superb quality: They should have cost at least twice the asking price, but Michael seemed more interested in making enough to live and get his swords out there into the hands of collectors.

The folded steel swords he is currently making are at the highest end of reproducing the look and methods used in making the best of the period Viking swords and are priced much lower than comparable quality swords made by the best makers out there.

So, obviously not everyone has the financial resources to be able to afford one of these swords, but commissioning a similar sword from one of the few top established makers, who can do this kind of work, would cost many times more and probably with a very long wait in a maker's production cue.

I don't remember who made one of these for a museum some decades ago as a display piece to show what the original sword would have looked like, and displayed next to the ancient and corroded original, but decades ago very few makers had the skills to make such a pattern welded sword ..... and that museum sword must have cost a small fortune to commission.

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Eric Sherwin




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PostPosted: Wed 09 Aug, 2017 6:26 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I'm anxiously awaiting the arrival of his six bar Viking sword. I would post my impressions of it when I have it in hand, but I can already say that I'll be very pleased. I have one of his earlier Viking swords that I won at an auction he threw to raise money for UNICEF. It still has a special place in my collection.

Michael's skill with pattern welding is a rare talent, especially for a young guy. You're right, Jean, he could be charging a lot more for his work, and justifiably so.
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PostPosted: Wed 09 Aug, 2017 9:10 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Eric Sherwin wrote:
I'm anxiously awaiting the arrival of his six bar Viking sword. I would post my impressions of it when I have it in hand, but I can already say that I'll be very pleased. I have one of his earlier Viking swords that I won at an auction he threw to raise money for UNICEF. It still has a special place in my collection.

Michael's skill with pattern welding is a rare talent, especially for a young guy. You're right, Jean, he could be charging a lot more for his work, and justifiably so.


Looking forward to your impressions.

Did you buy the one on the Kult of Athena site or did you buy a different one directly from Michael ? From another Topic thread posted by Michael on this site I know that he made more than one in this pattern, but obviously each one will be unique in at least the smaller details like pommels and in the details of the actual look of the individual pattern welding, although in the same general style.

Michael's Topic on the sword with more information.

http://myArmoury.com/talk/viewtopic.php?t=35490

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PostPosted: Thu 10 Aug, 2017 2:42 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I bought a different one directly from Michael's site. If you go to his site and look at his past works, mine is the six bar sword that's pictured in montage format.

I'll be sure to post my impressions and maybe try to snap a few pics.
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