Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. A groÃŸes Messer or Gross Messer (great knife", also called Hiebmesser = "cutting knife") was a type of German single-edged one handed sword similar to a falchion, that was used during the 14th, 15th and 16th centuries. GroÃŸes Messer, or simply Messer, was the term used in the 15th century, and the weapon in the 16th-century evolved into a type of training weapon known as a Dussack. Much less expensive than other types of available swords, it was the weapon of the common man. Used for menial work in addition to battle, the groÃŸes Messer sported a blade with a single curved edge that led to a clipped-back tip (like a kilij). Its hilt included a straight cross-guard and Nagel (a nail-likeâ€“Nagel literally means ''nail''â€“protrusion that juts out from the right side of the cross-guard away from the flat of the blade) to protect the wielder''s hands."