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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 leather.
The two byknives with their integrated subsheaths are a part of the scabbard by default, and so is the suspension and the belt. Currently we only have one type of belt buckle available, though later on we'll add more options.
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 pretty much anything, though the woodcut we used for inspiration depicts a plain piece.
Here is a list of basic options. We can do several options not listed here, so contact us if you have a specific idea.
- Plain: The leather is 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. Like 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 in our opinion. 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.
Our scabbards are all handmade items, from core to decoration, using organic materials, therefore variations may occur.