Vladimir Cervenka

Bidenhander

Overall Length: 68.25 inches
Blade Length: 49 inches
Point of Balance: 5 inches from cross
Center of Percussion: 29.5 inches from cross
Weight: 9.3 lbs
Pommel type: N/A
Cross type: N/A
Blade type: N/A
Hilt length: 18.25 inches
Blade width at cross: 2 inches
Blade width 2 inches from tip: 1.5 inches
Handle Length: 15.5 inches

Performance Review: If you examine the numbers on this sword you will notice right away that it is a huge sword. Its handle alone is half the length of some smaller swords. The lugs project out 4 inches on each side of the blade. If you are 5 feet 5 inches tall this sword is still longer then you are tall. If you combine that with its massive 9.3 lb weight you quickly realize that this is not a sword that is easily handled. In fact I would have to say that for all practical purposes this is an all steel pole arm that happens to have a cross on it and a sword like grip. I've been told that historical originals do not handle this way. In total I would have to say that this sword does not handle very well.

Appearance: This sword does suffer from some cosmetic problems. The blade is finished out nicely enough but there is very little distal taper over the length of the blade which probably plays a part it its immense weight. The cross has some pitting as does the pommel. The nicest thing aesthetically about this sword oddly enough is it's handle. It appears to be some sort of wire wrap that Mr. Cervenka has somehow managed to fuse together after applying it. It also sports a center ring where the handle swells which is very clean and nicely shaped. The handle itself is also pleasingly turned.

Conclusion: In my opinion this sword should probably be considered to be about the same quality as a mid level production type piece. It has some truly outstanding aesthetic properties but also has some fairly obvious aesthetic and performance flaws. However with the notable lack of truly huge bidenhander type swords on the market this may still want to be an option that you consider if you are looking for this type of sword.