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Lange Messer - NS012

Lange Messer

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Overall Length: 48 3/4'' Blade: 35 1/4''

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Weight: 3 lb 9.5 oz
Edge:  Sharp
P.O.B.: 5 1/4''
Thickness: 7.3 mm - 2.7 mm
Width: 38.7 mm
Grip Length: 8 3/4''
Pommel: Peened

Contrary to common perception, not all European Medieval and Renaissance swords were straight and double-edged; single edged, curved blades were actually quite common, particularly among the non-noble professional Men-at-Arms and mercenaries of the late Medieval and Early Renaissance. Utilitarian weapons, they were easier to create, cheaper to produce, and were marginally more durable than the double-edged sword. Though many of these swords had humbler aspirations, it was not unknown for knights and nobles to carry exquisitely-crafted single-edged swords. This example here, by Nielo, is just such a blade. Instead of the simple integrated hilt characteristic of many Messers, this Lange Messer has an elaborate, spiralled hilt with D ring, constructed in the fashion of dedicated swords, as opposed to up-scaled knives. It is clearly a weapon for the noble warrior.

While Italy favored the Falchion, Central Europe and Germany in particular favored the Grosse Messer / Lange Messer (‘’Great Knife / Long Knife’’). The surviving German fighting manuscripts document a complex art of fencing that surrounded the Messer. Those who lived and died by these blades clearly took it as seriously as any martial artist; They practiced the coordinated footwork, attacks, counters, disarms and grappling necessary to win the day on the battlefield, or in the rough city streets.

The thick spine of the Grosse Messer ensures that it is not only durable, but that it strikes and drives into the foe with a ferocious bite. There is no room for mistakes when fighting one who is armed with a messer - it will end the duel quickly as soon as it can penetrate its opponents defense and lay him low. The long grip gives room for leverage and control and the crossguard gives superb protection.

This Lange Messer by Nielo of the Czech Republic has a blade of sharp, tempered, high carbon steel. The guard and pommel are of steel and the long grip is overlaid with tight black leather.

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