Vladimir Cervenka

Schiavona

Overall Length: 40 inches
Blade Length: 27.5 inches
Point of Balance: 2.5 inches from cross
Center of Percussion: 22 inches from cross
Weight: 2.9 lbs
Pommel type: Z
Cross type: Schiavona Basket Type 1
Blade type: N/A
Hilt length: 6 inches
Blade width at cross: 1.5 inches
Blade width 2 inches from tip: 0.33 inches

Performance Review: Previously the only sword that I had handled from Mr. Cervenka was the monstrous bidenhander in the preceeding review. Since this was the case I did not really know what to expect from this particular diminutive (by comparison) example of his work. I was pleasantly surprised with how well this particular sword handles. It tracks and thrusts well is not blade heavy in any way, and seems particularly suited for a cut and thrust style of swordsmanship. The hilt components seem to be robustly constructed and the entire hilt and blade assembly appears to be tight and well built.

Appearance: This sword exhibits the same sort of cosmetic and aesthetic pluses and minuses as the bidenhander. The blade appears to be polished to a "munitions grade" polish. There are also some inconsistencies in the blade bevels and lines. The blade exhibits an inscription "Gracia" that is cleanly inscribed on the blade and then blackened. The basket has various pits and the welds are still plainly visible in some places again exhibiting a sort of "munitions grade" finish. The grip is somewhat oversized but is nicely wrapped and spiral bound with wire. The bronze pommel is a very simplified version of the Oakeshott Type Z and is cleanly built if not overly extravagant as seems to have been often the case with these type pommels.

Conclusion: This sword again exhibits a level of finish in workmanship that leads me to believe that Mr. Cervenka can turn out a good sword and has the potential to turn out a great sword. Mechanically his swords seem fine, if he would spend the time to do a high quality finish on his pieces and slightly tweak some of the historical details there is every reason to believe that he could move from the realm of "decent quality munitions grade weapons" to "masterpieces." This particular sword fits into the munitions grade with potential category.