Cold Steel 88GMS Grosse Messer Sword 32" Blade


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Part #: CS88GMS | Cold Steel Knives
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CS88GMS: Grosse Messer
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Known throughout Germany as the “Big Knife”, the Grosse Messer hails from central and northern Europe where, in far off days of old, noblemen and peasants alike relied on it to protect hearth and home from the ravages of brigands, cut throats, outlaws and other assorted characters of ill repute.

Due to its stout, wide blade and generously sized handle, it could be wielded in one or both hands and was capable of shearing through chain mail or cutting a man in half with a single strike.

This version of this elegantly simple yet remarkably effective weapon sports a hand forged blade of 1055 Carbon steel that’s so sharp we have used it to split a telephone book in half, with a single blow! The guard and heavy pommel are made from blued steel and feature rosewood handle scales riveted to the sword’s full tang.

For convenience and safety, the Grosse Messer comes with a strong, handsome scabbard crafted from wood and covered in black leather. It is reinforced with a steel chape and throat that has been blued to match the guard and pommel. This sword is also available as a Man at Arms collection high value Grosse Messer Sword (CS88GMSM) which can be found here.

  • Weight: 4 lbs.
  • Blade Thickness: 1/5"
  • Blade Length: 32"
  • Handle: 10 1/4" long.
  • Steel: 1055 Carbon High Carbon
  • Overall Length: 42 1/4"
  • Wood Scabbard with Leather Cover with Steel Chape and Throat

UPC Code: 705442004738

Cold Steel 88GMS Grosse Messer Sword 32" Bladerated 3.833 stars out of 5 (6 reviews)
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Cold Steel 88GMS Grosse Messer Sword 32" Blade
rated 2 stars out of 5
Dec 16, 2015
Pros: Usable, None
Cons: Overall Quality, Finish, Sheath/Scabbard
This was ordered as a gift; the Grosse Messer appeared to be used. The locket on the scabbard was stained; the blade was excessively dull and the blade and scabbard were dirty. It required significant cleaning to be presentable to give as a gift.
Cold Steel 88GMS Grosse Messer Sword 32" Blade
rated 2 stars out of 5
Aaron R
Jul 25, 2014
Pros: Sheath/Scabbard, Handle Material, None
Cons: Materials, Usable, Blade Material
Pretty but dangerous to it's user.
I HAD a Cold Steel Grosse Messer. When I had it, it was nice. It was VERY sharp and had great balance. The guard loosened and rattled some but since the handle was not peened on tight, I figured this was normal. When I say "HAD" it means that I figured I'd hit a pell with it. I thought, it's full tang, a messer, good steel. I should be able to whack a pine pell and it would be ok. After all, their machetes can take it fine and this blade was thicker. However, second hit and the sword instantly got lighter. I noticed I was holding the handle while the blade flew off to the side luckily missing my son who was standing nearby. This thing would have easily impaled him. Simply put, the steel is TOO hard for this type of battle use. You can expect it to break should you actually try and use it hard in any type or real battle. I've had a number of Cold Steel machetes all of which have been very durable and good. The sheaths for them are not so good, but the steel is. I also love the tomahawks (with a little finishing that is). They're extremely nice and durable. This thing is just plain dangerous. It's an expensive wall hanger and unless they fix this problem, it's almost as dangerous as a rat tailed wall hanger.
Cold Steel 88GMS Grosse Messer Sword 32" Blade
rated 5 stars out of 5
lansing Mi usa
Dec 17, 2012
Pros: Finish, Usable, Overall Quality, Blade Material, Materials, None
Cons: Sheath/Scabbard
CS Grossemesser review
I bought the CS Grossemesser for WMA training. I intend to train with heavier weapon and fight with lighter. that is the main reason i picked up this sword. i have to say that even its weight nearly 1.8kg, it is well balanced and do not feel that heavy at all. however the total mass is still there so that will make you tire faster in real fight. if you use it as a training weapon, this won't be a problem. the extra mass can be reduced by carefully remove some materials from the cross guard and pummel by either drilling holes or cutting groves. the blade itself came with a surprisingly fine polish. the edge and spine are both straight, no sign of bending. the edge came with OK sharpness. It took me less than an hour to make it shaving sharp though i do not suggesting you do that to a sword of this size. i did it just to see how easy i can sharpen the blade. the blade cuts well, especially to heavy targets. it can easily go through 20cm tatami mats. the blade is quiet strong, it hack through a nearly 4cm diameter shovel handle with a single swing. well not quiet clean cut, mostly was the impact shattered the staff. and no damage to the blade at all, except the cross guard felt a little lose after 2 hours chopping. but that can be easily thing cs really need to improve is the sheath and the handle. they feel so cheap. the leather is so thin, and come lose. and i don't know if its real leather after all. man i don't mind paying extra 50$ for some improvement on sheath and handle. right now everything else feels like American quality, then when you look at handle and sheath. it spells made in china. but overall i am really happy with it.
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