Arms & Armor Warhammer
Original: Circa 1450 French, The Wallace Collection, London
The warhammer has long been known as a weapon of blunt force. These weapons were often used against heavier armour where a sword's keen edge would do little, but the mass of a hammer strike could be felt underneath. Warhammers generally had at least a back spike which could be used as a pick to focus heavy damage into one small point.
This particular hammer is made by Arms & Armor and it is based off of a French original that resides in The Wallace Collection
. The hammer face has a small pyramid-shaped protrusion to focus the impact into a smaller point and also has four spikes to be used as well. The top and back spikes serve well for striking smaller gaps in armour, and the surprisingly sharp side points blend the use of this hammer with that of a mace. This is a particularly beautiful example of an efficient armoured fighting tool.
Overall length: 24.5"
Weight: 2.25 pounds
Face to spike length: 5.75"
Width of head: 3.5"
Haft length: 20"
Maker: Arms & Armor