Inspired by an over-sized staff in the private collection of our company President Lynn C. Thompson, our newest member of the Blackthorn family is the biggest stick we’ve ever made! The new Blackthorn Staff (almost 5 feet long) represents the culmination of years of costly resear....
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The Blackthorn bush is found throughout Ireland and the British Isles. It has been prized for centuries as a material for premium walking sticks. The original Blackthorn sticks were 2 to 4 foot long Irish shillelaghs (the national weapon of rural Ireland). In expert hands the shi....
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The medieval battlefield wasn't only about the sword and Windlass Steelcrafts has not forgotten about the battle axe fans in their new BattleCry Series. The Orleans Battle Axe is built tough and has been rigorously tested by the Windlass team. This functional battle axe is built ...
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The spear and halbard are common infantry weapons carried for centuries throughout the world. The spear is an effective tool for thrusts and can be thrown for distant targets. The polearm is a perfect tool for keeping your targets out of striking range making their weapons ineffective while on the attack. In the 15th century the Swiss army switched there pikemen over to the halberd and today it is still carried by the Swiss guard at the Vatican.
The hammer and mace are one of the more primitive yet effective pieces of weaponry known to man. These pieces which are not quite as glorified in our favorite movies as the sword, these fine tuned clubs littered the medieval battlefield. The warhammer and mace required so little training it was more effective to turn out one hundred soldiers with hammers and maces than one knight with a sword and armor. This earns these pieces a special place in any medieval collection.
When you think of armaments you normally think of the classic swords, daggers and spears but our species is quite resourceful. You will find several speciality arms that were fashioned by converting farm equipment or re-purposed household items. There were several unique armaments that forged their way throughout history
The axe is another formidable weapon in medieval warfare. Much like the mace and hammer an army of peasants already familiar with an axe could be assembled and with basic fight training could be quickly turned out to the battlefield. The axe is a great utility tool for camp tasks and with practice and development, the axe can be used as a lethal throwing weapon.
The staff (stave) commonly thought of as a martial arts weapon is used from karate to jujitsu. We offer a variety of staff all suitable for your martial arts form. The staff is also known as the quarter staff from medieval English history and is best remembered by the famous dual between Robin Hood and Little John. We offer staff in Bo and Jo as well as eskrima which is also another well disciplined cross culture fighting weapon found through Asia, Europe and South America.
Synthetic trainers are designed for practising various types of martial arts forms. These pieces are built for contact use and are made from a variety of man-made rubbers and plastics. There is also a growing number of styles available to compliment your persona for live action role playing (larp).
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