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Fergal Hardiman




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PostPosted: Tue 28 Apr, 2020 3:52 am    Post subject: Plans/Resources         Reply with quote

Hi Everyone,

First time here on myArmoury.com. I've always been fascinated with Medieval Arms & Armour and would like to try my hand at some reproductions, specifically a War Hammer. Where would I find plans, i.e measurements/dimensions for constructing one?

Thanks,
FH
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Scott Kowalski




Location: Oak Lawn, IL USA
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PostPosted: Tue 28 Apr, 2020 5:07 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Hello Fergal and welcome to myArmoury!

I know that there are top smiths that are on this board that will be able to give you exemplary information. I would start by visiting museum sites. They often have information as to the measurements of the weapons as well as fairly detailed pictures. The Wallace Collections and Royal Armoury at Leeds are two that you could start with. I know that one question that will be asked is what time frame are you looking at? I hope that this helps.

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Fergal Hardiman




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PostPosted: Wed 29 Apr, 2020 7:32 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Hi Scott,

Thanks for your reply, I will definitely check out The Wallace Collection & The Royal Armoury in Leeds. My specific interest is in impact weapons and the development of such weapons from Clubs, Maces & War Hammer over the centuries.

Kind regards,
Fergal Hardiman.
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Scott Kowalski




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PostPosted: Wed 29 Apr, 2020 11:27 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

You are welcome Fergal. I hope that it gives you a good start. I would also look at the Links section here as there are a lot of good resources. I am looking forward to seeing what you find and produce from those findings.

I would also like to thank you as this has rekindled my interest into late 13th to early 14th century impact weapons.

Scott

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Dan Howard




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PostPosted: Wed 29 Apr, 2020 4:44 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Trivia: the word "hammer" has changed meaning over time. When these weapons were being used, the term "hammer" referred to the sharp pointy part, not the blunt bludgeoning part. The blunt bludgeoning part of this weapon was called a "poll". That's why this weapon was called a "pollhammer" - it is a hammer with a poll on the back.
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Fergal Hardiman




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PostPosted: Thu 30 Apr, 2020 12:28 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Hi Scott and Dan,

Thank you for replies. The information you gave is very helpful.

Fergal
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