An iconic weapon of the Middle Ages, the flail was a deadly weapon of military warfare. Medieval flails feature a single or pair of spiked balls or heavy weights at the end of a chain attached to a wooden handle. Able to maneuver around shields and armor, combat flails were difficult to block, making them effective choices for infantry and medieval knights. Their main shortcomings were lack of precision and limited usefulness in close quarters and tight battle formations. At Buying a Sword, we carry a selection of battle ready flails perfect for re-enactments and display. These iron flails come in a range of styles, including one with the spiked ball in the shape of a skull for an extra intimidation factor. Take a moment to browse, and you are sure to be impressed by these functional flails!