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Maces / Hammers

Medieval Maces, War Hammers and War Clubs

One of the oldest developed weapons is the mace. The simplicity of use made this an appealing weapon for the medieval soldier. With little training required for the mace and the war hammer (with pick) a simple peasant could be lethal against a seasoned soldier. The mace and hammer could crush and penetrate armor with one devastating swing.


German War Hammer
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German War Hammer

By: Windlass Steelcrafts

The proliferation of plate armor across Medieval Europe was shadowed by the development of crushing weapons like this war hammer.

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Price (USD): $68.99
Fisted War Hammer
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Fisted War Hammer

By: Windlass Steelcrafts

The fist war hammer first appeared in the 13th century but was made from bronze.

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Price (USD): $148.99
Early Norman Mace
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Early Norman Mace

By: Windlass Steelcrafts

This early medieval mace would be a perfect offensive weapon in Norman warfare.

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Price (USD): $78.99
Bec de Corbin
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Bec de Corbin

By: Windlass Steelcrafts

Popular in medieval Europe, a bec de corbin (French for crow’s beak) was simply another name for a poleaxe.

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Price (USD): $148.99
Spiked War Hammer
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Spiked War Hammer

By: Cold Steel

New and Improved.

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Price (USD): $79.99
Fiore War Hammer
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Fiore War Hammer

By: Windlass Steelcrafts

This medieval Fiore War Hammer is from Windlass Steelcrafts Battlecry collection.

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Price (USD): Reg.$249.99 SALE $174.99
Gunstock War Club
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Gunstock War Club

By: Cold Steel

One of the truths of close quarter combat is that a rifle, shotgun or musket can be an improvised club in the absence of suitable ammunition...

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Price (USD): $48.99
Late Period War Hammer
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Late Period War Hammer

By: Windlass Steelcrafts

The war hammer was quite a popular weapon in all of Europe, but particularly so in Eastern Europe.

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Price (USD): $83.99
Italian Mace
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Italian Mace

By: Windlass Steelcrafts

By the 15th Century, armor had become so well developed that it was almost impervious to a sword cut and even a thrust.

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Price (USD): $94.99
English War Hammer
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English War Hammer

By: Windlass Steelcrafts

With the increasing sturdiness of plate armor, the sword became less and less effective against a fully armored knight.

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Price (USD): $89.99
Heavy War Hammer
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Heavy War Hammer

By: Windlass Steelcrafts

Armor of all degrees would be sorely damaged with this hammer.

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Price (USD): $88.99
Indian War Club
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Indian War Club

By: Cold Steel

No one knows when the ball headed war club first appeared.

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Price (USD): $48.99

Why would you choose a mace or hammer over the sword?

Swords are often the most romanticized and sought after pieces for a collector and modern HEMA martial artist. The truth is, you would find many more of these simpler weapons on the medieval battlefield than the sword. A knight would train with the sword from a very young age and would normally be noble at birth. The time and expense to train a knight was very costly as was the price of a sword smith and quality armorer to outfit and protect your investment. Thousands of infantrymen would be trained strikes and strategies with clubs, maces and hammers until later periods when the warhammer became an effective and regular piece of equipment in the knight's arsenal as well.

How would you use war hammers and maces?

There are several key strategies but the main thing that is always true. You must find a way to break through your opponents defenses to be effective. In the early periods or dark ages most opponents would be protected in maille armor and possibly carry a shield. These types of weapons can be swung with quite the momentum and can knock a shield from someones hand if used well. With this defense removed your opponent would still be impervious to cuts in a suit of maille but was still susceptible to bludgeoning attacks. This could deliver many types of injury resulting in a victory.

Once armor evolved into full plate, strategy began to change as well. These new knights were like tanks but not without weakness, especially to the war hammer. Many hammers and pole arms would have a bludgeoning end but would also be equip with one or more spikes or spear points for digging in weak areas of the armor like the elbow joints and armpits. Some heavy spikes could also pierce straight through poorly constructed plate. The hammer if used correctly could also impair your opponents mobility by denting the armor so the articulated joints would bind up and fail. Your opponent would quickly be at your mercy if he could no longer lift his arms because of dented pauldrons.