Pike 'rot' - fact or fiction?

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Re: Pike 'rot' - fact or fiction?

Post by toggy » Thu Nov 28, 2013 9:41 pm

What a coincidence, I've just received a package from UCLA, from Prof Redwood.

After 2 years of on/off study on this subject, he now thinks this phenomenon is better described as knob rot. As it was a weakness where the branches joined the trunk that led to the rot.

Hope this makes everything a little clearer.

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Re: Pike 'rot' - fact or fiction?

Post by EvilGinger » Fri Nov 29, 2013 5:26 am

I have no evidence for it but pike rot sounds like an excuse made up by troops who had taken a couple of feet of their pikes to use as fire wood.

I recall spear shafts & the like where traditionally ash which when polarded grows into thickets of long straight poles of various diameters which had a multitude of uses including pole arm shafts, if you pick a pole of the right sort of diameter. It is also entirely possible to make pike shafts in two sections though I am not sure if it was done during the 14th-17th century's as it was in antiquity.

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Re: Pike 'rot' - fact or fiction?

Post by Ben Waterhouse » Fri Nov 29, 2013 9:40 am

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Re: Pike 'rot' - fact or fiction?

Post by barr7430 » Sun Mar 06, 2016 4:05 pm

Aaaah... like an old friend back from the wilderness... my favourite topic has surfaced again... Pikes, pike rot, pike painting, pike points, pike length, number of pikes, pikeys, fresh water pike, Private Pike, Pike's privates, turnpikes...

That a length of wood with a sharp bit on the end could be the subject of such discussion, interest arguments...

How many times has the sharp end of a pike gone where the blunt end should have ought to!


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Re: Pike 'rot' - fact or fiction?

Post by barr7430 » Sun Mar 06, 2016 4:12 pm

reading through the trail this was a pretty witty thread and for that reason alone deserved a resurrection :wink:
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Re: Pike 'rot' - fact or fiction?

Post by Ben Waterhouse » Mon Mar 07, 2016 7:06 pm

Bravo!
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Re: Pike 'rot' - fact or fiction?

Post by yar68 » Sat Mar 12, 2016 10:00 pm

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Re: Pike 'rot' - fact or fiction?

Post by barr7430 » Tue Jul 26, 2016 6:12 pm

Never the one to miss an opportunity to ---- a snook...

Having been castigated and praised at various points for gaudy pike painting, Ray Boyles recently sent me this link

http://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/btv1b5 ... mes%201672

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Re: Pike 'rot' - fact or fiction?

Post by Captain of Dragoons » Wed Jul 27, 2016 8:56 pm

I thought it was a well known fact that some troops pikes were longer then others :?: Some just had bigger spear heads at the end. I wonder if they were trying 'tactically' to make up for something.

Does it really matter how long a mans pike is, should thickness also count.

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Post by quindia » Wed Jul 27, 2016 10:08 pm

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Re: Pike 'rot' - fact or fiction?

Post by Gunfreak » Fri Jul 29, 2016 1:54 pm

It's not the size of the pike that counts, it's the motion of the pikeblock!
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