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Pentti Messer V4
Pentti Messer V4

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Type III Pentti Synthetic Nylon Messer Version 4

V4 - Upgraded guard.

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 sabre.

The Messer was part of the curriculum of several fencing manuals in the 14th and 15th centuries, including Lecküchner, Codex Wallerstein and Albrecht Dürer.

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  • Made of engineered synthetic plastic.
  • Steel nagel for left or right hand.
  • Indestructible rubber grip that has a good feel in the hand if using it as single or double handed.

Version 3
  • Updated the pommel and grip.
  • The blade is wider, but with a fuller.
  • Historical weight and balance.

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5 of 5 Good Product from Good People May 2, 2020
Reviewer: Adrian from HOUSTON, TX United States  
Exactly what I needed to study some Leckuchner. If I close my eyes it feels almost identical to a steel trainer. I had the opportunity to pick up the ensifer and VB messer examples and this seemed to feel similar enough. One thing I like is the wisp of cutting wind you hear when you swing it. Surprisingly agile and looks nice. I have yet to use it in sparring but plan to.

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5 of 5 Excellent, though unexpected June 26, 2019
Reviewer: Erwin from Maryland  
Well made and sturdy, works great and has great balance. It was smaller than I had hoped, but that was my bad as I both expected a kriegsmesser (or at least long sword length) and did not check the full size. Still, very well done and arrived fast as well!

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3 of 5 Sword is functional, but not what is pictured June 12, 2019
Reviewer: Michael French from Portland, OR  
The model I received cheaped out on the guard. The Guard is made out of a single piece of machined and sanded metal, instead of welded pieces like in the pictures. The quillions are also about half as wide as what is pictured (cut the guard at the rubber caps and that's what I got). This is especially disappointing to me because I often use those quillions to their fullest extent.

Beyond that, the blade matches the specs described.

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5 of 5 Love this February 10, 2019
Reviewer: Robert Kay from Grantham, NH United States  
Picked this up at the Purpleheart IGX booth, just love it. Moves well, handle is long enough to do grapples and disarms, and the point of balance is right on. The nagle is nice and wide so that it is less dangerous on the ground (happens in grappling)

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5 of 5 A fantastic trainer November 29, 2018
Reviewer: Tyland Steiner from Moraine, OH United States  
This is easily one of the best synthetic Messers I have trained with. The balance was on point and there was very little bend to the blade when it arrived which was a problem some of my other synthetics. The biggest selling point for me was the overall aesthetics of the trainer itself. The metal used in the cross guard and pommel was shined to a mirror like finish and the custom purple cord wrap was very bright and clean which is something I can really appreciate. I only wish that their other synthetics had the option to do a custom wrap because purple has kind of become my color.

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