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The Meister Sword

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The great combat knife has had a long tradition in Europe. Beginning with the Seax and single-edged Germanic swords of the Iron Age a weapon with a big cutting blade mounted as a knife was celebrating a popularity as a functional and no-nonsense sidearm of warriors and civilians alike through the ages. In German speaking areas the Falchion did not reach the same popularity as elsewhere in Europe. Instead the big war-knife saw a development of its own. These come in many forms and sizes some more intended for stabbing others for cutting and yet other types that combined cutting and thrusting capability. We know them today by different names: Rugger (a long stiff and pointy variant primarily meant for stabbing) Hauswher (peasant knife; an intimidating weapon of defence) Grossemesser/Messer (litterally: big knife/knife a single handed weapon with a wide cutting blade with the dimensions os a short sword popular among commoners nobles civilians and soldiers alike) and Kriegsmesser (war-knife of hand-and-a-half or even two-hand size. A weapon for the professional soldier that also saw use among civilians). The Meister is inspired by the classic shape of the Grosse Messer we can see in German fencing manuals of the 15th and 16th centuries. The famous artist Albrecht Durer dedicated a large part of his Fechbuch to the art of the Messer. A dedicated student of this art might in time become a master. But this was not a title that was to be taken lightly. You had to prove your worthiness before a jury of accomplished masters. We made the"Meister"to match this attitude of uncompromising dedication and strife for mastery expressed by the swordsmen of the late medieval and early rennaissance periods. It is at first glance an unassuming and somewhat crude weapon. Looks are deceiving however. The blade is a simple but very effective design with a subtlety that is easily overlooked. Because of overall size and shape the blade can be made surprisingly quick in handling even without any real mass in the pommel to act as counterbalance. The dynamic balance and heft of this weapon arrives almost exclusively from the distribution of mass in the blade and tang. The cross section is a lean and slim triangle allowing a stiff spine and an acute angle of the main bevel. Such a blade is very effective in the cut.The outer third of the blade is further lightened by a false edge resulting in a blade that is surprisingly responsive and quick in the recovery. We can see from the drawings of Albrecht DÃ


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