The turning point of the 15th and 16th centuries brought along the largest single-edged weapons with a knifelike construction, the Kriegsmesser, "war knife". Most originals are below the 1300mm overall size, even if 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 somewhat long-ish 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 longswords (Wittenweller equates them the same way).
This specific model 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 and we could argue that it's closer to the sabre proper than to the larger Kriegsmessers. Even the grip construction with it's hidden and pinned tang is similar to Hungarian sabres from the late 16th century, with plenty of originals filling the gaps between the two types.
The [length] blade is ground completely freehanded from 6mm thick 6150 steel (51crv4 by European standard) and is sharp on it's entire length but it lacks a false edge. The shallow fuller tracking the spine is seen on several originals.
The cross and Nagel are both hand-ground - the cross has light 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 we see on some originals. It's wrapped in fine vegetable-tanned goat leather in the end, and it's dyed black.
A scabbard including two byknives and a belt matching the illustration is available at 320 EUR.
Overall length: 1035mm
Blade length: 771mm
Blade width at base: 49mm
Cross width: 321mm
Weight: 1200 g
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