The Messer (knife in German) was a one handed sword with a single edge popular in Northern Europe throughout the Middle Ages. It is considered a core part of the fighting systems found in the Fechtbuchs of the European traditions of swordsmanship. These swords were incredibly versatile, one of the most produced sword types of the period. As depicted in paintings of Peiter Bruegel the Elder, these weapons were carried by solders, fighting men and civilians as well. Crafted in a vast array of styles, sizes and levels of quality almost any person of the time would have been familiar with this sword.

The Arms & Armor training messer is developed with the western martial artist in mind. It has been tested in use by several of the leading instructors in this style of combat. Their feedback and suggestions were crucial to creating a steel trainer of exceptional utility. It is quick in the hand and can be used as the original weapons are depicted in period descriptions.

The hilt furniture is steel. The grip material is a birch plywood. This creates a strong and durable slab grip for maximum wear. The blade is made of 6150 steel and has a steady taper from hilt to tip. This taper allows the sturdy blade to have a good deal of flex in the last third of the blade.