Arms & Armor Warhammer
Original: Circa 1450 French, The Wallace Collection, London
Warhammers like this were a common 15th century sidearm for knights and well-armoured men-at-arms. The French term for this weapon was "martel de fer". The fluted hammer face could dent armour and inflict percussive damage to the wearer. The quadrangular spikes concentrate the force of a blow on a small area, allowing the spike to pierce the armour or make deep, severe dents: especially effective when used at the joints, or articulations of armour.
This reproduction features a cast tool steel head and an ash shaft.
Overall length: 22.5"
Weight: 2.3 pounds
Face to spike length: 5.75"
Width of head: 3.5"
Maker: Arms & Armor