War Hammers were a development of the late thirteenth century created specifically to deal with heavy plate style armour. The heavy war hammer head could crush the strongest helmet or suit of plate armor with just a few blows and the back spike could rip through helm and plate like a modern can opener. In battle, the war hammer side was usually employed first to knock down and stun an enemy. Once he was on the ground, helpless, the war hammer was reversed and the back spike was used to punch a hole through the helmet and deliver the coup de grace. We carry German war hammers, English war hammers and foot soldiers war hammers that are full functional.
This war hammer is the real thing. Hand-crafted. The overall length is about 29". The blackened iron hammer head and spike with hand wrought iron on a blackened and seared wood handle is menacing. Looks like it should be behind glass in a museum.
By the mid 1400+'+'+'s armor had developed to the point that it was almost impervious to a sword blow. That+'+'+'s when the knight or man-at-arms would reach for a good solid war hammer.
The proliferation of plate armor across Medieval Europe was shadowed by the development of crushing weapons like this war hammer. This beautiful, impressive weapon is replicated from an example in the German National Museum in Nuremberg.
This is an all steel war hammer 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.
Armor of all degrees would be sorely damaged with this hammer. The spike could crush through helmet or damage a sword arm to great effect. Steel langets help to guard the shaft as well as secure the head to the hardwood shaft.
Thor, himself, was a powerful god, but a great deal of his prowess and might was derived from this legendary hammer, Mjolnir. This Historical Thor's Hammer recreates that legendary weapon in a style that corresponds perfectly with the Viking era.
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.
As long as armor was in use, weapons were designed to overcome it, the war hammer being one of the most effective. This example certainly follows suit with its large head and long deadly curved back spike.
Conan the Barbarian is, perhaps, the most famous barbarian in all of fiction, thanks in part to his numerous appearances in the most unlikely of places. And to recognize this, we offer the Conan the Barbarian Hammer of Thorgrim by Marto.
At the end of the 13th century, the sword ruled supreme as the primary weapon of Knights and Men-At-Arms. However, with the introduction of steel plate armor, the popularity of the sword as a battlefield weapon began to wane.
As armor got better and better, blades became less and less effective, although weapons like this Foot Soldier's War Hammer remained, being extremely effective against armored and unarmored foes, as the hammer delivered considerable impact either way.
If you thought that a war hammer was intimidating, then you have not seen anything like the Hammer of Lucerne. This brutal weapon takes the functionality of a war hammer and enhances it into a truly dangerous and impressive looking medieval weapon.
The M48 Tactical Survival Hammer might seem like an eccentric choice, at first, but that is only until you see how effective and versatile it is, first-hand. This war hammer doubles over as a vital survival tool, as well as a rather handy walking staff.
Roman warriors did wield other weapons then the traditional gladius and pilum (sword and spear). One of their more situational weapons was this brutal looking Roman Pick Axe. Also known as a dolabra, this impressive piece is both a weapon and a tool.
During the Medieval Age, knights reigned supreme as some of the best warriors on the field. To counter these heavily armored warriors, polearms, like this European Bec de Corbin, were used to smash through armor and negate the knight's mounted advantage.
If a foe should approach you clad in full armor, you know what weapon to reach for. This 14th Century Italian War Hammer was made for armored opponents, possessing a hand-held size that packs a potent punch against any who stand in the way of its swing.
When medieval knight meets Venetian War Hammer, the knight is sure to taste defeat. Based on historical designs, this hammer is similar in design to the Bec de Corbin, with a balanced design that utilizes hammer, spike, and spear to devastating effect.