Tod's Stuff Dragon Warhammer
Original: Italian, late 14th century
As the use of plate armour spread, so did the use of impact weapons. Designed to pierce and/or crush armour (and those who wore it), they would have been far more effective against plate than the edge of a sword. One of the more interesting and beautiful examples of a warhammer dates to the late 14th century. Italian in origin, the head is made in the shape of a dragon. From its mouth emerges the hammer's head; the beast's tail forms the spike.
Leo "Tod" Todeschini has recreated this hammer in a slightly smaller form that is suitable for one-handed use. Like the original, the head is made of a combination of bronze and steel: harder steel for the hammer head and spike, and a softer bronze for the rest. The blackened wood haft is faceted to match the base of the hammer head. A bronze buttcap (not present on the original) sits at the base of the haft.
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Weight: 2.4 pounds
Overall length: 26"
Length of head: 5.5"
Length of haft: 21"
Maker: Tod's Stuff
of Oxford, United Kingdom.
Inspired by a slightly larger warhammer in the Museo Civico Correr in Venice Italy, circa 1380.