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Talhoffer Messer - MHW1102

Talhoffer Messer

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Overall Length: 28 7/8'' Blade: 22 5/8''

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Blade:1050 High Carbon Steel
Weight:2 lb 8.7 oz
Edge: Blunt
P.O.B.:3 7/8''
Thickness:3.7 mm - 3.2 mm
Width:46.6 mm
Grip Length:5 7/8''

Built for contact reenactment combat the Talhoffer Messer has a thick and blunted blade of high carbon steel. Its edges are at least 2 mm in thickness with the exception of the false edge which is about 1.8 mm thick at the edge. The crossguard with nagel is steel and the grip is a composite of riveted wood over the thick tang. The pommel is steel and the blade tang is peened over the pommel to complete the hilt construction. Included is a durable scabbard of thick leather.

The Messer stands out among Medieval fighting swords for its simpler hilt construction typically comprised of riveting two halves of wood to a thick tang - a simple construction in general which makes it essentially an enlarged knife hilt with short sword proportions and a proper, flexing blade typical of a sword. This simpler type of sword lends much confusion into thinking it a peasant weapon despite being popular with professional men-at-arms and noblemen alike who no doubt favored robust construction with a blade capable of great, cleaving blows and deep slices.

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