The German Gross Messer has a reputation for being a huge and imposing battle ready sword. This design (one of the 2010 Sword Buyer’s Guide Designer Contest Winners) is no exception. Gross Messers (German for “Great Knife”) look like scaled up versions of the classic “Bowie” style hunting knife, and were commonly seen during the later parts of the 15th Century. Powerful chopping weapons, they were popular among both the rich and the poor, and at this had intricate decorations on the guard and pommel.
A 15th Century design, it features a hefty 21” blade with partial fuller and sharpened false edge along the spine back of the tip. Unlike other modern reproductions of the Messer design, it has a very attractive braided pommel and beautiful sculpted guard – clearly a version of the Messer that would look at home in noble hands. The distinctive riveted wood handle completes the medieval sword’s look. A dedicated chopper that still looks great, this battle ready sword would be well suited for use or for hanging on the wall as part of a collection
Blade: 5160 High Carbon Steel. Dual Tempered HRc 60
48-50 at the core
Total length: 29.5″
Blade length: 21″
Blade width at base: 2.52″
Weight: 2 lbs. 9 oz.