Langes Messer, Glasgow Museum reserves

Glasgow Museums reserve collection Langes Messer E.1939.65.hl

An exact re-creation of a late 15th century langes messer of German origin, from the Robert Lyons Scott Collection, in the care of Glasgow Museums. The handmade blade of EN45 carbon steel and hilt components were made following the study and tracing of the original messer. The original blade is 10mm shorter, but shows the clear markings of a scarf-welded repair close to the point of percussion. The reconstruction has restored the messer to its original dimensions.


Overall weight: 1055 grams. (Original now c.820g due to corrosion loss)

Blade length: 920mm (original now 910mm),

Hilt length: 198mm.

Point of balance: 148mm from cross.