The War Hammer was developed to overcome surface hardened steel of wrought iron armors of the late medieval battlefields during the 14th and 15th centuries. Sword points would not penetrate the armor. With the War Hammer, you knock down the foe with full force of the hammer end and then deliver the final blow with the spiked end to the thinner parts of the armor. Nasty weapon indeed. This War Hammer is beautiful. Excellent steel, design and workmanship. The langets fasten the head to the handle with brass screws and the langets also protect both sides down the handle for 12.5 inches. Balances well with one or two hands. Just the right size. This is a keeper at a good price. Love it!!!!
*Drool*... ugh.. sooooo awesome. It arrived less than a week after ordering (in flawless condition), and I promptly destroyed some pallets with a vengeance. The spike actually snapped a treated 4x4 in half with one good swing! I swear to god it was the coolest thing ever. Perfect zombie killer -- you could puncture an engine block with this thing. The only downside is that the handle on it is much lighter (unfinished) than in the picture, but some tongue oil will fix that right up. Can't wait til the wife leaves again so I can find more useless crap to destroy. Well done windlass!