Melee weapons were developed in the Middle Ages in response to the ever-improving armor worn by the cavalry and for close combat. Melee weapons were an elite weapon: used by knights on horseback against other cavalrymen. These weapons were equipped with vicious points and heavy steel heads to damage suits of armor. These weapons could create dents and holes between the armor parts and penetrate steel. For lovers of weapons & military history, melee weapons are beautiful collectables. Discover our selection of reenactment & decoration melee weapons.
A war hammer or battle axe is shaped like an ordinary hammer but specially made for medieval battles. It has a longer shaft and longer axehead for close combat in battle. They are mainly intended to damage the opponent's armor and inflict physical damage. Our replica war hammers are based on Renaissance paintings, for example paintings by the Italian artist Uccello, and historical originals. War hammers were often beautifully decorated because they were owned by wealthy knights.
The goedendag, morning star, mace and flail originated in the High Middle Ages. The flail is a medieval weapon consisting of a shaft, a chain with a metal ball with spikes attached. The morning star also has a metal ball with spikes, but it is fastened to the shaft. The goedendag looked like a spear, consisting of a long shaft with a spike for penetrating armor. These three weapons were suitable for inflicting damage in armor, but were also popular during sieges and very dangerous in close combat. Especially the morning star was quite easy to make, it only required a wooden shaft with nails hammered into it. This was also a suitable weapon for civilians and priests to defend themselves.
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