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Next to the new model of the luxurious Falke Kriegsmesser, we could not forget about a second part of the set- a dedicated scabbard with beautiful byknives. Together, they make for an eye- catching set.
The wooden core of the scabbard follows the blade as closely as the curvature would allow. Like the rest of our scabbards, the core is bound with linen and wrapped in vegetable tanned leather. The mouth of the scabbard is made from a separate piece of leather with the overlapping seams, skived down to almost nothing for a seamless transition. The inside long seam on the scabbard is sewn shut.
The two cherry-gripped byknives with their integrated subsheaths are a part of the scabbard by default. They are both fully sharpened and exhibit a similar flat triangular cross-section as the Falke itself. The bolsters are made from thin sheets of brass with some light chiseled decoration done by hand. They are tilted up towards the edge side as seen on multiple originals, as this angle help lead the hilt into the subsheath without the user having to force it through a noticeable perpendicular step.
The knotwork suspension with the belt is also a part of the scabbard, and is based on the illustration by Jörg Breu the Elder.
The default finish is a deep oiling with no decoration on the scabbard. Since it has a large surface area, it could be embellished with any design of your choice, though the woodcut we used for inspiration depicts a plain piece.
List of decoration types:
- Plain: the leather is well- oiled and left completely plain.
- Floral: based on period manuscript border art and surviving leatherwork from the same era. Made by incising and embossing. We are happy to paint it to striking, contrasting colours, with the colour scheme inspired by period art.
- Architectural: following the geometric rules seen on Gothic architecture, we can create either simple or highly complex decoration for your scabbard. The most striking feature of the complex version is the inclusion of rose windows into the design. Similarly to the floral decoration, techniques include incising and embossing.
- Totentanz: the Dance of Death and Memento Mori are themes often seen in period art. On surviving original scabbards, to the best of our knowledge, they are exclusive to baselards from the 16th century, but the popularity of the theme itself justifies our use of it on Messer scabbards as well.There are plenty of options, we only listed but a few - from single embossed monochrome figures to colourful lineups consisting of a dozen or more characters, we are happy to do it all.
If you have another idea, please contact us and discuss options- we are always up for a challenge!
Please be advised; slight variations and differences may occur in the products due to their hand-made nature and the organic materials used.
The products aim to have the aesthetics of historical pieces, not the finish of mass-produced items. Each product bears the signs of its making; small tool marks and imperfections, which do not affect the build quality or usability but give each of our pieces its unique character.
While filing the order for a scabbard, please state the sidedness in the comments- is it meant to be for a left- or a right- handed blade?
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