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Yes, Jakub had told me that he and Pavel worked more closely in the past, when they were both getting their start in this business. Now they have their own separate "shops", but they do still collaborate in projects here and there, some of which end up being sold on both sites. Pavel's work is top of the line, and usually ends up being among to more expensive offerings on Arma Bohemia, but they're worth evey penny, as I'm sure you know!
The katzbalger you have pictured is very nice, indeed! I like the striped grip! Is it made of one single piece, or is it several pieces stacked together and bonded in some way? Yes, my katzbalger has a blade that's a bit "longish", but it works well enough. However, from the art I've seen from the period, some katzbalgers were pretty darn short! I'd love to see your replica as soon as you have some nice photos of it. Is it from Pavel, Arma Bohemia, or some other shop?
19, Feb. 2013
P.S. When you take your pictures, don't forget the scabbard too!
Ok then, they evidently do co-operate. I've seen another katzbalger from Pavel Moc which too has a nice finish. I wanted a model that I had never seen on anyone before so I ordered a really short one with striped handle, inspired by originals in the Royal Danish Arsenal Museum, Copenhagen:
And Reichsstadtmuseum, Rothenburg:
I really do like the two fullers, I prefer that, but there was not enough time. I was lucky to be able to pick it up on my way to Landsknecht Hurra last year. The Pavel Moc is probably slightly more delicate in its details. I'll upload pics but I don't have any good ones at the moment.
I clicked on the link that you sent me for Pavel's site, and I saw my dagger and katzbalger, which I bought from AB, on Pavel's site...although Pavel's katzbalger had a different blade profile than mine, but that was becasue I asked Jakub if I could get the katzbalger with a sharpened version of the training blade that was originally pictured on the AB site. I just really liked the look of the two large fullers running the length of the blade. Did you get the same katzbalger or was yours of a different style?
14, Feb. 2013
Yes, I've purchased a number of various items from AB in the last few years ranging from weapons to eating untensils to belts to purses to silver plated aiglets for points. I had talked to Jakub about where some of the different swords, and other weapons, came from that were on offer on the AB site, as I noticed that different items had different maker's proofs and different qualities of contruction and materials used. I specifically asked about the katzbalger's flower proof stamp, and I thought that Jakub had told me that some of his higher end items (swords and daggers) were made by Pavel Mok, and that the flower was his workshop's stamp. The dagger (from AB) pictured in some of the images I uploaded today is the same one that I have seen on Pavel's site, so, along with what Jakub told me, I just figured that he and Pavel collaborated from time to time.
Whatever the case may be, the AB katzbalger is definitely one very nice sword...and it cuts like a dream. I've only had one other sword go through a pumpkin so cleanly and so smoothly with me not feeling a thing through the grip. It was like it never happened, except that the pumpkin was in two pieces instead of one after the stroke was completed. It's a thing of beauty. The only drawback about it is that all the groves, twists, and textured steel surfaces make it very difficult and time consuming to clean. Ah well, it's a small price to pay...
14, Feb. 2013
Pavel Moc runs the site:
Arma Bohemia is a separate collective of craftsmen, headed by Jakub Malovaný. Their site is:
They make good stuff, I also bought mine from them, plus a bunch of other things.
I bought the katzbalger from a company in the Czech Republic called Arma Bohemia. I think the actual smith's name was Pavel Mok, but don't quote me on that.
Nice. Who made your katz?
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