Type III Nylon Messer:
The Purpleheart Type III synthetic messer recreates the German long
knife used during the 14th to 16th centuries. The same quality material as our classic Pentti sword
series. This features a metal pommel for balance, and a steel guard with
a nagle for extra strength and protection.
Historical examples were
approximately 30 inches overall with a 24-inch blade, and weighed
2-2.5 lbs (.9-1.1 kg).
Use of the messer is shown in several fencing manuals, including
Lecküchner and the Codex Wallerstein. The Type III messer waster
balance tends more towards the tip, as befits the heavy cutting blade
of actual messer examples. Think of it as a German-sized Bowie knife,
and you will not be too wrong.
During the German Late Middle Ages and Renaissance (14th to 16th
centuries), the Messer was a term for the class of single-edged bladed
weapons, deriving from the medieval falchion and preceding the modern
The Messer was part of the curriculum of several fencing
manuals in the 14th and 15th centuries, including Lecküchner, Codex
Wallerstein and Albrecht Dürer