Man-at-Arms Grosse Messer Sword


This large German sword exhibits a blued steel 1055 high carbon blade with a classy gun metal finish. Includes scabbard with blued steel fittings. Overall length of 42-1/4 inches.
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The Man at Arms exhibited great martial prowess with a range of weapons like this Grosse Messer hacking sword which literally means "large knife". Although he was not a Knight, he fought and trained alongside them as a brother in arms. The sword was created to honor this rugged, reliable, salt-of-the-earth warrior.

The fully sharpened and blued blades have a distinctive gun metal finish that compliments their handles, and when well-oiled they are gleamingly beautiful in their own right.  Includes leather scabbard with blued steel fittings. From the Cold Steel Man at Arms series

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Attribute name Attribute value
Overall Length 42-1/4"
Blade Length 32"
Blade Width 1-15/16"
Blade Thickness 1/4"
Weight 4lbs/3oz
Grip Length 8"
Material 1055 High Carbon
Edge Sharpened
Sharpening Unavailable
Engraving Unavailable


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The Grosse Messer is certainly a unique sword as not too many manufacturers bother to make this type of weapon. The Cold Steel version is overall disappointing however.
I am not a fan of the black coating on the Man at Arms version, I much prefer their other version that was available, but it does protect the blade from rust, so it is viable. The weight is a good bit on the heavy side so it will tire you out quickly. It is not balanced very well at all.
The blade holds up to abusive testing but mine actually broke at the base of the pommel. The pommel is screwed on and epoxied, so It should be sturdy, but mine actually broke at the base along the tang. The scabbard might actually be the best part of the sword, being wood covered in leather and solidly constructed.
Overall I wouldn't recommend it, but there are not too many choices if you are looking for this type of sword at an affordable price.
- Victor, September 25, 2018
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