The most fierce of late 15th / early 16th century swords, the Germanic Kriegsmesser cleaves and slices with fearsome ability and this reproduction from Landsknecht Emporium of Hungary ably reproduces this iconic sword and its cutting power in the Rotmilan Kriegsmesser. The long blade is crafted from well-tempered 6150 high carbon steel which was honed to a keen cutting edge. The thick spine of the blade gives it good rigidity and durability and the false edge is sharpened from about 10″ from the tip. This thick spine gives the blade a wedge-shaped profile which lends its mass to powering into and separating a target cleanly and quickly and this effect is heightened at the main cutting portion of the blade where the spine thins considerably to flatten the blade to minimize drag and resistance as the blade passes through the target.
The guard and pommel are durably crafted from trusty steel and the hilt is constructed with two halves of polished oak hardwood which are riveted to a very thick blade tang. In addition to this, the blade tang is peened over the pommel and the blade shoulders are peened to the crossguard to minimize the chance of the guard shifting or loosening. The tough Nagel protrusion goes through the crossguard and is peened on the reverse to ensure it can take a hefty blow without breaking off. Altogether, this sword has a very tough hilt construction.
Michael Apple (verified owner) –
The sword is well made, very balanced for it’s notable weight, and comes quite sharp. With the slab wooden grip plates securely attached to the blade, edge alignment is easy to find, with the rest of the hilt very steadily constructed, including a narrow Nagel protecting the right side. Be advised: the sword comes without a scabbard, though Landsknecht Emporium will make a custom one for a (substantial) extra charge. I look forward to putting the blade through it’s paces cut testing.
Chris Shriver –
This is a must-buy. Despite no scabbard to speak of, it’s likely not a Kriegsmesser you will be able to get forever. This is new, you will not find reviews on YT. I took a chance and am not disappointed – it feels PERFECT in my hands, as I focus on blending HEMA and Kenjutsu styles and techniques… the blade geometry lends itself to feeling like a 4:3 scale Katana, or 133% Katana size, in the length and width but not thickness departments. It therefore cuts incredibly easily – no effort required to align the edge and no effort to get some speed behind the swing. Don’t waste time and invest in this sword for your collection, as I promise you it performs in every regard while looking incredibly functional and classy.