The Adorian Messer from Landsknecht Emporium is based on surviving Messers from Central and Eastern Europe and Landsknecht’s studious attention to detail has created a reproduction that feels ready and able in the hand, a sword that would be the most vicious of opponents in a close-quarters scrum. The sweeping blade slices and cleanly cuts with swift authority and its angled tip is a surprisingly capable thrusting blade. The acute, needle tip is reinforced and the sharpened false edge aids in minimizing drag when puncturing a target. Before the false edge, the blade has a thick spine which imparts excellent durability and rigidity. The blade is crafted from 6150 high carbon steel which is well tempered and finished with a sharp edge.
The guard and pommel are of tough steel and the grip scales are fashioned from well-carved and highly attractive Mahaleb Cherry hardwood which is cleanly polished. The grip scales are dual-riveted to a very thick blade tang and the tang itself is also peened over the pommel. The protective Nagel goes through the crossguard and is peened on the reverse to ensure it can absorb a hard-hitting blow without failure. In addition to this the crossguard is peened to the blade shoulder to minimize the chance of the guard loosening or shifting in use. Altogether, this sword is robustly constructed and built to last.
Included with the sword is a Halftan leather sheath with skillfully handworked embossing design on a single side with a hand-stitched back seam. Landsknecht Emporium’s research into more historically accurate leather sheaths and their construction led them to using a “Half Tan” method for sheath making to get the properties needed for an excellent leather sheath that was particularly robust. “Half Tan” means that the tanning chemicals don’t fully penetrate the hide – This process means that the grain and flesh side become vegetable-tanned leather whilst the middle and back remain rawhide. It opens up a variety of possibilities, including deeper and crisper embossing and much more resilience during sewing. Due to the rawhide middle its nearly impossible to tense the threat so much that it tears out a hole. When dry, this type of leather becomes highly resistant to cuts to create a particularly tough, lasting and durable sheath.