Langes Messer

The Messer (aka Großmesser, Grossmesser, Hiebmesser, also related to the Dussack, Hauswehr and Baurenwehr) is a single-edged sword which was carried by farmers in Medieval Central Europe much like machetes are carried today by farmers in Latin America. Messer literally means ‘knife’ in German, and the hilt of a Grossemesser resembles that of a knife handle, made of two wedges of wood riveted to a wide, flat tang. The lack of a pommel may have originally been due to legal restrictions (i.e. sumptuary laws) but the same balancing effect was achieved by a lengthened handle and a cunningly widened tang. The messer could be used as a tool or a weapon, though designed primarily as the latter. The messer probably evolved from the Sax, or traditional Baurenwehr. Compared to a machete a messer is stronger and a bit heavier, and usually featured a partial false-edge. Some messers were particularly well-made with differential hardening and a sophisticated heat treatment.

Attack Types
Weapon Size Reach Speed
Defense Base Damage All Primary AP Bonus Grapple Bonus Hardness HP
Langes Messer M 3 4 3 1 - 8 SCP CP 0 0 10 4