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Michael Pikula Custom - Pattern Welded Viking Sword - MPIK001

Michael Pikula Custom - Pattern Welded Viking Sword

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Overall Length: 35 11/16'' Blade: 29 3/8''

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Blade:Pattern Welded High Carbon Steel
Weight:3 lb 6 oz
Edge: Sharp
P.O.B.:5 7/8''
Thickness:5.2 mm - 2.5 mm
Width:59.9 mm
Grip Length:3 1/2''

This pattern-welded Viking sword was forged by bladesmith Michael Pikula, like many historical Viking swords, the central core of the sword is crafted from twisted bars of differing steel twisted together and pounded into form; the blade edges are a harder steel that is forge welded to this flexing core to give it a more durable, keener edge. With its wide and broad blade, this Viking sword can hack, chop and cut with ferocious ability.

The core of the blade is 4-bar laminate of 1095, 15n20 and 1040 high carbon steels. Their specific twisting and grouping by the smith produces a pattern that is unique to every sword. The blade edges are a melding of 6150 and 8670M steels which are folded together to produce 700-800 layers.

The guard and pommel are forged from a folded combination of wrought iron and bloom steel which, like the blade, gives it a unique, handcrafted patterning. Like original Viking swords the pommel is a two-part construction with the blade fitted to the base and a pommel cap dual-riveted atop it. It is finished with a coiled brass wire inlay. The grip is wood that is overlaid in tightly-fitted leather.

The scabbard is handcrafted to fit with a core of wood that is lined with fabric to protect the blade from scratches. The bound leather overlay is hand-stitched and the scabbard is completed with a steel suspension loop which is fitted over in leather - this is a scabbard design that has been documented on some Viking sword finds in Dublin.

Whilst pattern welding began as a method to combine steels of differing hardness into a single blend to give it a blend of the properties of harder and softer steels, bladesmiths learned how to manipulate the method to produce beautiful, symmetric ripple or starburst patterning visible on the blade.

By twisting and braiding bars of steel together and pounding them into form, a flexing and eye-fetching core of a dark age sword could be crafted by skilled hands. Often, edges of harder steel were forge-welded to this core to finish the blade with a hardened edge. Many of the famed Ulfberht swords were made with this method.

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