The name of course means ‘knife’ in German, and it gets this designation because of the way it is constructed, but it is in fact common form of short sword that was popular from the late 15th through the 16thC.
This example is a composite of a few pieces and features a broad blade with a clipped and sharpened false edge and comes with a leather sheath and bronze chape.
Grip length – 12cm
Blade length – 66cm
Overall length – 81cm
COP (from guard) – 480mm
COG (from guard) – 130mm
The sword is based very accurately on A479 from the Wallace Collection, which I measured and handled personally for the project. The sword is very distinctive and is probably a...
Based very accurately on The Battle Abbey Sword held by Scottish Heritage, which I measured and handled personally for the project. The sword is very distinctive and is probably a...
In many of Breughels’ paintings you see fairly low status men carrying short messers often with a side ring and a knuckle bow. This form of short sword was popular...