A popular all-purpose knife for hunting, work and self-defense, the Bauernwehr would have been a common sight in Germany, Switzerland, Bohemia and other central European lands in the late 14th century to the middling years of the 16th century. Numerous examples of these medieval Messer style knives exist in museum collections as a testament to their popularity. The inclusion of a side-mounted nagel protrusion on the guard shows that practical self-defense was certainly a concern with the design of these knives which likely would have been worn as a practical daily tool for many.
This Bauernwerhr replica has a blade of EN45 high carbon steel. and its hilt has a highly durable and robust full-tang construction created when the grip scales were steel riveted to the thickened blade tang. The grip halves are carved and polished hardwood and the bolster halves and side-mounted nagel are of steel. Instead of straight slabs, the grip wood was skillfully worked into a form which widens toward its end to neatly couch the grip comfortably and securely in the hand. The simple indentations and slashed decorative filework on the bolster are the simple and rustic sort of decor fit for a commoner – but they are also fitting for a tool crafted with care and likely to be a highly treasured personal possession.
Included with the Bauernwehr is a companion sheath of double-layered vegetable tanned leather with stitched construction. Leather lacing cord allows for it to be fastened to your belt or gear. A variety of dyed colors are available for an additional service fee as well as a plain undyed version which you can dye to your preferred color or simply darken with oil for a natural finish.