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Vladimir Cervenka Closed Port Rapier

Postby Nikos » 18 Sep 2008 11:12

Its finally here, after so much waiting, I was expecting to be dissapointed, and then it turned up...pure sex, sword porn at its best.

From tip to quillon blade measures 40", weights total 1.278 Kg, PoB 3" from quillon, other figures to follow when I finish druelling over it. The taper of the blade is fantastic with the forte being so incredably strong a feature rarely every seen on rapier reproductions, the forte being a full 3cm wide and the ricasso being 7mm thick. Needless to say, it handles like a corker, very fast point control.

Right, enough talk, I will review it after a training session with it tomorrow, for now, some sword porn:

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Postby admin » 18 Sep 2008 11:15

Wow! :shock:
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Postby Nikos » 18 Sep 2008 12:19

Indeed, its a beast, really blows your balls off :-) I like it so much, that I am currently flicking through AVB Normans Rapier and Smallsword to find another sword to commision with him :-)
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Postby admin » 18 Sep 2008 12:36

How much was this again?

I'm interested to know how hard his blades are.
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Postby Caz » 18 Sep 2008 12:51

Dat's purty....!!!

very nice Nick, interested to hear how it performs...

What are the edge and point profiles like.. how "sharp" and how "pointy"????

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Postby Nikos » 18 Sep 2008 12:59

Thanks, Matt, price wise, including shipping it was 705 euros, plus I had to pay the bank transfer fees, basically in total it was £600, it was more like 500 when I ordered, but by the time it was done the pound has weakened rather to the Euro.

Caz, the edges are 1.5mm, I haven't got my other kit here to compare, but I think that is a little thicker than the armourclass, but not quite as thick as Darkwood. The tip is quite pointy, not completely so like a Del Tin, it will need either a few mlll taken off, or a head put onto it, but I have got used to doing that now anyway.
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Postby Monster Zero » 18 Sep 2008 15:28

That's really nice.
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Postby Herbert » 18 Sep 2008 15:49

I am usually not attracted to these kind of swords but this one is really...I mean, really....

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Postby Nikos » 18 Sep 2008 16:28

Thanks people, it really does feel nice, and I haven't seen a rapier outside of a museum that looks this nice, so very very pleased, just can't wait to hit someone with it :-)

As for how hard the blades are Matt, I know that point has been discussed before in relation to Cervenka, so we shall see, however, with rapiers it obviously isn't anywhere near the concern it is for longswords for obvious reasons, but it should still give an indicator as to what his blades are like, it certainly looks tasty.
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Postby admin » 18 Sep 2008 16:48

You and Michael have written the word 'tasty' about 10 times on the forum in the last 2 days. Just thought I'd point that out. ;)
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Postby TheDude » 18 Sep 2008 17:02

Sometimes there just isn't another word you can use :-) and yes...that sword is very tasty :-)
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Postby Monster Zero » 18 Sep 2008 17:07

I'm considering comissioning one from him...

Thinking of Waiting for the Wallace collection DVD to come out though, there's a transitional rapier there that's amazing!
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Postby Nikos » 18 Sep 2008 17:35

Sounds good, I am flicking through my books thinking about what I want to commission next, and to be fair to Cervenka, he finished it 4 months earlier than the 18 month waiting list, he kept me uptodate and delivered when he said, the swords a beauty and handles like no other rapier I have, so far I am very happy.
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Postby Micha » 19 Sep 2008 07:43

WOW... I mean WOW :shock: :)

Congratulations Nick. That really, really rocks. Might tempt me to skip buying another Albion this year, or I might order one for end of next year... ;)
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Postby Corporal Carrot » 19 Sep 2008 19:52

I've been so close to ordering that one myself. I cant afford to though. But someday...
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Postby Nikos » 19 Sep 2008 23:18

Yeh, I couldn't afford to either, but when I ordered it it was an 18 month wait, so I thought, what the hell, thats so far into the future I don't have to worry about it, but it caught up with me rather quick, however it was worth every penny. I used it in tonights session, really enjoyed it, handles really nicely, the strong tapiering blade with wide forte gives you such strength for blade engagements, edge wise, its taken a little bit more damage than the darkwood, which is to be expected due to the thinner edges, but its all very minimal, flex on the blade is great and all in the last third of the blade, and has returned true all fine, all good so far, and looks, mmm, whats the word, tasty -)
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Postby Nikos » 28 Oct 2008 10:50

Update after lots of use:

Blade is holding up exceptionally well, rarely doesn't return true, only after very heavy thrusts.

It is however no longer a closed port rapier, as training last night the closed port disc section went flying across the roof after taking a strong thrust. This was really inevitable, as its a weakness of the historical design rather than modern production. Certainly a sharp would not be expected to have constant use three days a week historically, whereas thats what my blunt gets, I am not inclined to bother getting it welded back in, its a weakpoint of the design and looks no less pretty with it gone.

The handling is exceptional and a real joy to use, not a single sign of the guard or grips coming lose yet euther, seem rock solid.
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Postby admin » 28 Oct 2008 11:32

Good stuff. Though why not get it welded back in? I'm guessing that strong thrust would have stuck in your hand if the disc wasn't there to begin with :).
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Postby Nikos » 28 Oct 2008 12:03

I might do, but its only going to get bashed out again as it gets so much use, yes it would have struck me on the hand, but with the rubber tips on that wouldn't have been a major concern.
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