The in-house Ninja going to work
Traditionally used by nobility and peasants alike in Northern and Central Europe, the Grosse Messer was a weapon used for protecting hearth and home. Grosse Messer means “great knife” in German and Cold Steel has done its best to make their version of this sword live up to that name. There are a few adaptations that make the Grosse Messer less than historically correct; it is heavy and overbuilt compared to the historical Grosse Messers. There have been some issues with production quality in this line over the years, but from what I can tell Cold Steel has made the proper adjustments to insure the Grosse Messer’s quality is what you would expect.
Swords are a blend of form and function which is one of the reasons why the Navy chose the cutlass for servicemen. After 57 years of service, the 1860 cutlass was taken out of commission and replaced by the US Navy in 1917. Cold Steel came up with a modern version of the classic navy sword and they have done a decent job of keeping in line with the spirit of the traditional sword. The sturdy design of Cold Steel’s 1917 Naval Cutlass Sword is what had originally caught my eye so with some extra money saved I decided to bite the bullet and get the 1917 Cutlass sword from Cold Steel.
Japanese Katana swords can fall into two categories: dust collectors or usable weapons. If you are looking to find a katana sword that is functional it is going to have to meet three requirements: it has to be forged from heat treated high carbon steel, be properly balanced with a weight of no more than three pounds, and have a full tang assembly with a preferred double-pegged handle. If you find a sword that meets these requirements, then you should have a decent working hand weapon. The Cold Steel Warrior Katana sword meets and exceeds the bare essentials for a proper sword, while being quite adept at serving the dust collectors needs too as long as the collector is okay with having mantle piece that vaguely resembles a traditional Katana sword. These are considered to be the toughest replica swords on the market and they don’t disappoint.
For historical sword enthusiasts, the Cold Steel Scottish Dirk is an intriguing option, representing one of the national weapons of Scotland. Centuries ago, dirks were not only used by Gaelic warriors of all social classes as a sidearm but could also be found on naval ships. These 13 inch mini-swords were often associated with destruction. But I have come to learn that there were many other uses for the dirk that were much more peaceful. Dirks were once used to bear solemn oaths upon, seen as a symbol of adulthood, and by some, considered sacred object, able to slay supernatural creatures. There were also many practical ways in which the Scots used the dirk, such as cutting wood and dressing deer. The ceremonial and decorative Dirks acquired ornate hilts adorned with jewels called cairngorm and scabbards with pockets for a matching knife and fork. The pommels of these dress dirks were even canted out of line so the ornamental cairngorm would be more visible.