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So I'll start this off with Schwere Hand Grenades. Heavy iron often roughly cast grenades produced in many different sizes & styles. Most of these grenades have been salvaged from the Alps I'm lead to believe. My knowledge on them is very limited so feel free to firm up the detail or correct any errors. I just find their 'ugliness' appealing.

Starting off with what I think is the oldest in my collection a 'medium' Schwere'. It weighs 10 ounces & would have contained gun powder. It has a delay friction fuse & a fuse protector. Note the uneven body casting & heavy fragmentation.

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Here we have a 'small' Schwere with a strike on a hard surface percussion fuse. The fuse body itself has a left hand thread & so screws into the grenade body anticlockwise. The safety cap has a right hand thread so you couldn't unscrew the fuse in error given this thread combination. This is my favourite Schwere as it has an improvised belt hook which made it a nice find. 

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Another heavy Schwere here. A big heavy beast of a grenade. Again with the same left hand right hand thread combination. It has a percussion fuse.

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Finally we have what is the most common Schwere on the market. The fuse is incomplete, complete fuses are hard to find.This was a late war grenade and is much more uniform in appearance with a more 'modern' appearance. The fragmentation is noticeably smaller and has the look of a Mills Bomb it could be said.Gone are the rough uneven heavy iron edges.

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All 4 seen here together with a Number 36 Mills to give them scale.

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In part 2 I'll be covering Universal Grenades that could either be thrown or launched from a rifle.

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Nice items, I have a Schwere model as well. I am working on the threaded fuse portion, restoring the threads, but I have also made a replacement wood cap for mine. 

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You're pretty handy at recreating fuses. You also made an excellent job of that egg grenade chest plate that was a fine piece of work. 👌 I'll post my Austro- Hungarian universals shortly. 

Here's an example of that later Schwere in my original post with what looks like an original fuse. What do you think?

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Looks very nice! Thanks for the compliments, I have a machinist who lives across the street from me and we are good friends, so that helps, lol.

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Its not my grenade I wanted your opinion on the fuse. I Should have  made that clearer. Great friend you have across the street.

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No problem, the fuse looks good. Normally it would not even be seen with the transit cap in place. Most Scwhere types you see only have the body, so any type you can find that is not too corroded and have the fuse assembly is a good find. 

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Austro-Hungarian Grenades of The Great War Part 2 - Universal Grenades

These two grenades could either be thrown by hand discharged from a rifle. Both have the same inertial pull- fuse. When fired the weight of the end piece would activate the friction ignighter & initiate the time delay.

Zeitzunder Rod Grenade 

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M16  Rod Grenade. The second and later version. Gone is the heavy fragmentation giving it a smooth body.

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Here are my two Rohr Hand Grenades, the round top is the older model, and the slender can type is the later model. These work basically the same as the German stick type, below the cast head was a fuse with a pull string that was in the handle, pull off the handle cap, pull the string, throw the grenade. These grenades, unlike the German type had cardboard handles and caps that were held on by tape. The items show below have original heads with reproduction handles and labels, as original ones did not hold up over time very well. 

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First image you can see the older model Rohr grenade.

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Second image shows the new model  on the man second from the right.

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I also have both, well one head is on route. Replica sticks also though originals pop up once in a while against the odds. Your 'round head' is an fine example with its very clear manufacturers stamp 👌

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I see the Rohrs in those photos. Great historical  pieces.

I also have this universal  grenade.Just  missing the propeller component but a nice find just the same.Probably a hotch botch of components or part repro given the heavy pitting on the outer body compared with the rest of it 🤔

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Nice items A.S., I don't have a universal yet, been waiting for a real nice example to surface, most encountered here extremely bad condition. The universals could also be used as a rod grenade. The propeller is often missing from the universals.

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