With the increasing sturdiness of plate armor, the sword became less and less effective against a fully armored knight. Axes and maces soon became the favored choice for hand-to-hand combat of the mounted knight. The English War Hammer quickly evolved and became one of the premier implements of war. Generally it was lighter than the mace and faster. Often, it was made somewhat longer so that the reach could be extended, but also shortened if need be. We ran across this in a private collection, and fell in love with it. Light, fast and deadly. Dates from about 1530 AD.
Width-head to spike-6 1/2".
Wt.-1 3/4 lbs.
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