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Großes Messer - Great Knife

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Full tang, rounded and blunt. A 'ready-to-go' combat messer for the 14th~16th C combat re-enactor.

Good durable 'beater'.
Thick (3mm) true edge.
False edge 4.5mm.
Scabbard - (buff leather) is included.
1350~1600 CE

Messer (German for "knife", also großes Messer "great knife", Hiebmesser "cutting knife", Kriegsmesser "war knife", etc.) during the German Late Middle Ages and Renaissance (14th to 16th centuries) was a term for the class of single-edged bladed weapons, deriving from the medieval falchion and preceding the modern sabre.

Size overall: 730mm (28.75")
Size Blade: 575mm (22.75")
Width of Blade: 45mm (1.75")
Width of crossguard: 180mm (7")
Length of scabbard: 600mm (23.5")
Point of balance from guard (PoB): 110 mm (4.33")
Weight Sword: 1.27 kg
Weight with scabbard: 1.46 kg

Combat Rating = 8 of 10

Its hilt included a straight cross-guard and Nagel (a nail-like–Nagel literally means 'nail'–protrusion that juts out from the right side of the cross-guard away from the flat of the blade) to protect the wielder's hands. Quite notable in its construction was the attachment of blade to the hilt via a slab tang sandwiched between two wooden grip plates that were pegged into place. Also of note is that many pommels were 'drawn out' or curved to one side of the hilt (edge side), a feature known as a "hat-shaped pommel". Extant examples seem to have an overall length of 30 inches with a 24.5 in (62 cm) blade, and a weight between 2–2.5 lb (0.91–1.1 kg).
The Messer was part of the curriculum of several fencing manuals in the 14th and 15th centuries, including Lecküchner, Codex Wallerstein and Albrecht Dürer.

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  1. Excellent sword!

    Posted by Ben Ward on 7th Sep 2014

    I received my Grosse Messer a few weeks ago and have had time to play around with it. The sword is perfectly balanced for the type of blade it is, the handle didn't look very comfortable in the pictures however I can confirm that it feels like it was made to be held once you have it in your hands. Even after an hour of practice/sparring it still feels nice in my hands. The blade itself is solid, incredibly so. I am sure that given proper care the Messer will last long then I will. It is definitely not a wall hanger, it begs to be taken out and used. Highly recommended!

  2. Very impressed with the MFC Grosse Messer

    Posted by Geordan McQuiston on 12th May 2012

    The Grosse Messer I ordered came exactly as described and pictured. It is very precisely made; the blade, guard, grips and pommel are all straight,symmetrical and well finished. This is a heavy weapon originally designed for devastating cutting power and this will survive years of use. I find the weight and balance perfectly acceptable in a weapon of this style and purpose. The fuller and false edge are nicely done, and the scabbard is quite sturdy and well made. I am extremely pleased with the sword, scabbard and the helpful communications from Medieval Fight Club.

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