Mercenary Schiavona Half Basket-Hilt Sword

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This Schiavona style sword is hand forged in high carbon steel. The guard and scabbard fittings have been darkened to a battle finish and adorned with antique brass florets. Overall 39-1/4 inches.
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The magnificent Schiavona style sword was quite popular throughout Europe, however, it was the favorite weapon of choice for Venetian mercenaries.

Our version, hand forged in high carbon steel, is a true work of art. The guard and scabbard fittings have been darkened to a battle finish. Soft, rich black leather wraps the handle and an antique brass pommel finishes off the grip. However, it is the 26 intricate, antique brass florets adorning the half basket-hilt guard that truly enhance this sword. A floral engraving on the throat and tip of the black leather scabbard are beautiful finishing touches. Made by Windlass Steelcrafts.

Can be sharpened for additional fee. Can be personalized with 3 Initials.

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Products specifications
Overall Length 39-1/4"
Blade Length 33-1/2"
Blade Width 1-3/4"
Weight 2lbs 12oz
Material 1065 High Carbon Steel
Edge Unsharpened
Sharpening Available
Engraving Available


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A Beautiful Sword!
I was not sure about this one when I ordered it but I am so glad I did. It looks even better in person. It feels good in the hand if a little blade heavy. This is not such a bad thing for a sword like this. I'm glad I took a chance on it.
- Dan, February 10, 2020 | Verified Purchase
Very Nice
Very nice, well made, attractive, solid. Perhaps a bit heavy.
- WOLFGANG, September 08, 2019 | Verified Purchase
Not Disappointing.
This is one of my favorite basket hilt swords in my collection. The aging done on the basket hardware is very well applied, and the brass studs really add to the pinache. I love the triple fullered straight blade. It was a bit tight in the scabbard at first, but has eased on its flow in and out. Another very well put together piece by Windlass.
- John, August 06, 2019 | Verified Purchase
Very pleased
Very nice looking sword.  a Chef d'oeuvre !
- Philippe, February 21, 2019
Intricate Schiavona
The sword is perfectly balanced: POB 4-5" above the hilt. The basket is really beautiful. The blade at 33" is a bit shorter than many Schiavonas, but is well tempered. The sheath has beautiful engraving and is antiqued. The antiquing isn't perfectly even, but good enough for this price point.
- Max, February 13, 2019 | Verified Purchase
I've always been a fan of the Italian basket hilts. Beautiful design, even if you're not a fan of the cat's head pommel. All the fittings and the sheath are well worth the money paid. The blades seem a little inconsistent though (I bought more than one). Most notable was the fullers, which tend to wander a bit. It's noticeable on a sword with a single fuller, but it becomes much more glaring on a sword with a triple fuller. Still, if you're a fan of the design, this is well worth the money. If details like the fullers bother you, you probably need to shop at a higher price point.
- David, October 12, 2018 | Verified Purchase
My Go-to Pirate Sword
I bought this to use with my pirate gear and it is fantastic.  It is very menacing.
- Jonathan, October 12, 2018
a very nice piece
- John, September 22, 2017 | Verified Purchase
With the Mercenary Schiavona, it was love at first sight:  the decorative antique rosettes add great visual appeal to the half-basket hilt, which by itself is quite handsome.  A full view of the sword shows the beautiful proportions of the triple-fullered blade, which is double edged, rather than backed, as some schiavonas are.  In handling the sword, I found it somewhat blade-heavy, especially since the relatively short grip does not provide as much counter-leverage, as my fish-tailed 15th-century mercenary sword's handle does; hence, this is a "muscle" sword, so get your Conan on, guys (or your Red Sonja, gals).  Even for my "medium" hands, the half-basket hilt feels like a tight fit, though there is plenty of room for a gauntleted hand.  However, if you have hands like Hoss Cartwright's, you might find it a bit snug.  None of the above comments represents a complaint:  these are admittedly my subjective impressions of a beautiful and obviously fully functional sword with great historic appeal.  Five stars!
- Stanley, August 11, 2017 | Verified Purchase
Good balance, all the fittings are tight, sheath matches perfectly.  Well worth buying.
- Charles, April 28, 2017 | Verified Purchase
Excellent blade. Supremely balanced. Beautiful workmanship. I have the original schiavona and this piece is just as excellent if not more so. Can not wait to dawn it at the next pirate festival.
- Berge, April 20, 2017 | Verified Purchase

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Products specifications
Overall Length 39-1/4"
Blade Length 33-1/2"
Blade Width 1-3/4"
Weight 2lbs 12oz
Material 1065 High Carbon Steel
Edge Unsharpened
Sharpening Available
Engraving Available
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