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Karl falls between Gottfried and Günther in terms of handling and balance- it is a good starting piece for the adepts of Messer fencing.
This Langes Messer with a type M5b blade is available in two options: sharp and blunt. The sharp is perfect for cutting tests and solo drills, whilst the blunt is suitable for sparring with
it's 2.5mm-3mm thick edges. The cross on this piece is type XV, Nagel is N5A and the pommelless grip is in the shape of a CC1 pommel.
The blade and the hilt accessories are hand ground; the blade from a blank of 6150/51crv4 steel and the accessories from mild steel.
To keep the authentic feel and affordable price, we allow some slight variation when it comes to the hilt accessories- it means that no two Messers are the same. They will differ and show marks of hammering, as the antique Messers do.
The Nagel is a separate piece peened on the other side of the quillon block, as it should be. The quillons are slid downwards from the tip with the blade protruding in the bottom. Depending on the exact quillons we made, this protrusion may be ground flat or may be peened as seen on several originals. This seemingly strange direction of assembly is present on several original pieces. Another feature taken from historical pieces is the quillon block expanding a bit onto the grip.
The handmade grip slabs are affixed by gluing and a row of peened tubular brass rivets.
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 Messer for sparring and technical drills, perfect for Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA).
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