German Messer

The messer is based on an example I stumbled upon in an auction house in Augsburg, Germany. The by-knife and pick are made to match the messer but were not included in the display. The messer is hollow-ground and 24 1/4 inches long with the balance point around 2 inches, and the scabbard is constructed of two layers of leather.

The technique used on the scabbard was an experiment in a more medieval approach of tooling leather. The technique I used was simply a warm sharply beveled dull knife on damp leather with a simple circle punch used for the background. I did not use any hammers in the detailing and the tool was heated with a propane torch. The tooling of the scabbard was a final detail after the construction of the scabbard.

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