At the end of the 13th century, the sword ruled supreme as the primary weapon of Knights and Men-At-Arms. However, with the introduction of steel plate armor, the popularity of the sword as a battlefield weapon began to wane. The problem was the sword couldn't cut or crush steel plate and had to be specially designed for use only as a thrusting weapon if it was to have even a chance at piercing plate armor. Enter the War Hammer--an ideal weapon for use against an opponent who is encased in plate steel. The heavy hammer head could crush the strongest helmet or suit of plate armor with just a few blows and the back spike could rip through helm and plate like a modern can opener! In battle, the hammer side was usually employed first to knock down and stun an enemy. Once he was on the ground, helpless, the hammer was reversed and the back spike was used to punch a hole through the helmet and deliver the coup de grace.
Cold Steel's Special Projects brings you an inexpensive, yet highly effective, recreationof this awesome weapon. The War Hammer is highly maneuverable and can be easily wielded with one or both hands.
·Drop forged out of 5150 steel and differentially heat treated
·Straight grain American hickory handle
·Sturdy steel langets can be attached below the head with the screws provided
·1-1/2" x 1-1/2" hammer face
·7-3/8" head width