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Erik Taliaferro




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PostPosted: Tue 28 Jan, 2020 2:20 pm    Post subject: Castle Keep Petersen Type A sword         Reply with quote

So, my Castle Keep custom Petersen type A late migration period.early viking age sword is finished and shipping out soon! The blade is EN45 steel. The guard and pommel are stainless,and the upper pommel has silver wire inlaying the grooves. The grip and scabbard are wood bound in natural vegetable tanned leather. The scabbard bar is carved horn. The metrics I gave him are 28" long blade that is 45mm wide at the base and tapers down to 40mm wide at the tip. The thickness is 4mm thick at the base and tapers down to 3mm at the end of the fuller, then tapers down to 2mm before the tip. The sword is not an exact duplicate of any one piece but instead is based on the small end of the historical metrics for Geibig type one blades, as Dr. Petersen was very vague about the blades on this type except that they were some of the smallest viking age swords.


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J.D. Crawford




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PostPosted: Wed 29 Jan, 2020 11:54 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Nice clean work there from Mr. Miller. Can't wait for my commission to come up.

You've got some interesting choices there: the natural leather grip and scabbard, small size, the relatively short fuller for an Oakeshott type X (Geibig type 1?).

I'm partial to bigger, later blade types myself.
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Erik Taliaferro




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PostPosted: Wed 29 Jan, 2020 12:00 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Thanks. Yeah, itís hardly a blade type you see very often. I was primarily drawn to the Type A being the oldest of the Petersen typology, but the small size and non pattern welded blades were a plus. Iím not a very big guy and having a pattern welded custom sword would have been way beyond feasible for my budget.
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Jeremy V. Krause




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PostPosted: Wed 29 Jan, 2020 1:07 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

It's an attractive sword but why are the hilt components done in stainless steel?
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Erik Taliaferro




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PostPosted: Wed 29 Jan, 2020 1:25 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Jeremy V. Krause wrote:
It's an attractive sword but why are the hilt components done in stainless steel?


Because thatís what Rob works with for Hilts apparently. He said he didnít have the setup for mild steel and adding it would have pushed the sword beyond my budget. Why, I donít know but I know he uses stainless and bronze for hilts, and stainless was closer to the original iron than bronze. Iím not complaining although I thought it odd.
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Henry R. Gower




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PostPosted: Wed 29 Jan, 2020 4:18 pm    Post subject: Petersen Type A Sword         Reply with quote

That leather color is very attractive and appealing, except that my experiences with similar leathers on antiquarian books tell me it is very easy to stain-even from oils in your hands. I would only want to handle that leather wearing white gloves, like they use in some museums and auction houses, for certain types of collectibles. Once light leather gets stained, I know of no way to bring it back to like new, which is a pity.
Best of luck, though,
Henry
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Erik Taliaferro




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PostPosted: Fri 31 Jan, 2020 5:15 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Well I got word the sword arrived in America this morning so hopefully Iíll have some hands on thoughts on it real soon.
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Lee O'Hagan




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PostPosted: Fri 31 Jan, 2020 12:43 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

There was a thread a little while ago discussing how many makers use stainless of one type or another as a hilt material,
nothing unusual

having swords from this maker that have hilt materials from stainless to wrought iron to bronze to bone I don't doubt you will be happy with it,
I know a few of the fittings I have if done differently would have been well outside my budget at the time,
it looks a fine sword overall,
a healthy waxing to the leather will have it age naturally and it will look really nice,
excellent sword maker, Cool
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Erik Taliaferro




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PostPosted: Fri 31 Jan, 2020 2:12 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Whatís really interesting is this manuscript page. Of all the colors to depict the scabbard and possibly the grip as, the artist chose this.


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Erik Taliaferro




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PostPosted: Wed 05 Feb, 2020 7:32 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Well, itís out for delivery now! Iíll have my own thoughts later today.
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Erik Taliaferro




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PostPosted: Thu 06 Feb, 2020 10:24 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

It is AWESOME!!!! It has a POB of around 7Ē but is very light, making a very aggressive sword.
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Erik Taliaferro




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PostPosted: Thu 06 Feb, 2020 12:05 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Imgur album linked here.

https://imgur.com/a/ILJ92lT
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Tyler C.




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PostPosted: Thu 06 Feb, 2020 3:37 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Gorgeous blade. I personally love that hilt type (and Petersen type H and I).

Is the emblem inlaid in another metal or is it etched?
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Erik Taliaferro




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PostPosted: Thu 06 Feb, 2020 3:43 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Tyler C. wrote:
Gorgeous blade. I personally love that hilt type (and Petersen type H and I).

Is the emblem inlaid in another metal or is it etched?


Itís etched. It has some red specks on the mark but they wiped right off with an oil cloth.
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