These versatile close combat weapons were capable of inflicting significant injury to an armored knight. The spiked end could be used to grab the reins of the horse, while the hammer was ideal against plate armor.
This simple design evokes a time when giants walked the Earth. We at Museum Replicas are proud to bring you this ancient version of Thor’s hammer known as Mjolnir. This rugged hammer has a head of solid aluminum. This is not to say that this piece does not have some weight behind it! The dark stained shaft sports a suede-wrapped handle with steel rings, while the opposite end has a steel wedge supporting the hammerhead. Suede lacing finishes off this piece. A round Viking shield wall plaque is included. Made by Windlass Steelcrafts.
With the increasing sturdiness of plate armor, the sword became less and less effective against a fully armored knight. Hammers, axes and maces soon became the weapon of choice for hand-to-hand combat of the mounted knight. The war hammer quickly evolved and became one of the premier weapons. Generally it was lighter and faster than the mace. Often it was made somewhat longer, so that the reach could be extended, but it could be shortened as well if need be. We ran across this in a private collection, and fell in love with it. Light, fast and deadly. Dates from about 1430 AD. Made by Windlass Steelcrafts.
The proliferation of plate armor across Medieval Europe was shadowed by the development of crushing weapons like this war hammer. Since swords were virtually useless against plate armor, mounted knights used short hammers, axes and maces to defeat an opponent's improved protection. This beautiful, impressive weapon is replicated from an example in the German National Museum in Nuremberg. Steel head is secured to the hardwood shaft with steel langets. Brass tacks provide a more secure grip. Made by Windlass Steelcrafts®. Please Note: Color of shaft is lighter than it appears in photos.
This is an all steel war hammer, circa 1575, from Germany that was in use in the late 16th and early 17th century. The head has a strong, tough spike that balances off the wide faced hammerhead. The grip is wrapped with cord. Made by Windlass Steelcrafts®. The original is in the Nurenberg Museum.
This unusual axe has a heavy war hammer head instead of a small pole or spike utilized by most other battle axes. With its long shaft, this weapon would function well for use on horseback as well as on foot. It is not hard to imagine it thrust through an archer's belt for the times when the line was overrun. Made by Windlass Steelcrafts.