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The turning point of the 15th and 16th century brought along the largest single-edged weapon with a knifelike construction, the Kriegsmesser, war knife. Most antique Kriegsmessers are below the 1300mm overall size, however some illustrations might show larger pieces as well.
Most of the originals have M5b, M5a or M3d blades with various degrees of curvature, while some are completely straight, occasionally with elongated false edges. With the Ruggers and Bauernwehrs being analogous to daggers and proper Messers to arming swords, it's clear that these huge knives were created to compete with European longswords (Wittenweller equates them the same way).
This specific model of the war knife is based on the portrait of Fritz Rürenschlundt by Jörg Breu the Elder . While the grip definitely allows two-handed use, it's light enough to be used in one. We could argue that it's closer in handling to sabers than to the larger Kriegsmessers. Even the grip construction with it's hidden and pinned tang is similar to Hungarian s
ABERS from the late 16th century, with plenty of originals filling the gaps between the two types.
The blade is ground completely by hand from 6mm thick 6150 steel (51crv4 by European standard) and is sharp on
it's entire length, it lacks however a false edge. The shallow fuller tracking the spine is seen on several originals.
The cross and Nagel are both hand-ground. The former has a delicate filework at the ends of the arms, while the wide N5d Nagel is heavily fullered and scalloped. The cross is slid down along the blade.
The tang is both narrower and shorter than the grip itself. The grip is made from beech and is affixed by wooden pegs as seen some originals. It's wrapped in fine vegetable-tanned goat leather in the end, and dyed black.
We follow the philosophy of design from the past- hardly any weapons were made pristine. They bore signs of swordmaker's tools, hours of filing and hard work which makes for a unique signature of the maker, and their relationship with the weapon they forge. It means that our pieces are unique, and no two weapons are the same.
The weapon is a practice sharp Kriegsmesser for cutting and technical drills, perfect for Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA).
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