An alternative to a sword or an axe, medieval war hammers offered a greater chance of making an effective strike against an armored foe. Used mostly in the late Middle Ages, war hammers were used against mounted warriors or in close combat, depending on the length of the handle. Buying a Sword carries bot functional and decorative war hammers. Also known as mauls, historical war hammers often featured a spike on one end of the head for grappling or piercing armour. Our battle ready war hammers are accompanied by other similar pole weapons like becs de corbin and Lucerne hammers, and they are intended for historical reenactment. We offer a variety of styles, including English war hammers, German war hammers, and foot soldier war hammers. Our decorative war hammers are not intended for combat but make stunning display pieces for weapons enthusiasts, great theatrical props, and costume accessories for reenactments and Renaissance fairs.
In medieval times, the polearm was a popular weapon used in combat, meant to crush an opponent with a few blows. The 14th Century Bec de Faucon is one of the most deadly of these weapons, its features meant to disarm an enemy quickly.
The war hammer was a powerful and fearsome weapon in the Medieval era. The 14th Century Italian Beast Hammer intensifies that fear with a roaring beast sitting atop its pole that is prepared for the brutality of battle.
If a foe should approach you clad in full armor, you know what weapon to reach for. This 14th Century Italian War Hammer was made for armored opponents, possessing a hand-held size that packs a punch against any who stand in its path.
Medieval history shows an array of deadly weapons being used in battle, but few are as interesting and eye catching as this one. The 16th Century German Dagger Hammer paints a deadly image, depicting a powerful fist clutching a spike.
As long as armor was in use, weapons were designed to overcome it, the war hammer being one of the most effective. This example certainly follows suit with its large head and long deadly curved back spike.
This war hammer is the real thing, with an overall length is about 29 inches. The blackened iron hammer head and spike are hand wrought iron on a blackened and seared wood handle. This hammer is menacing to behold.
With the increasing sturdiness of plate armor, the sword became less and less effective against a fully armored knight. Hammers, axes, and maces soon became the weapon of choice for hand-to-hand combat of the mounted knight.
During the Medieval Age, knights reigned supreme as some of the best warriors on the field. To counter these heavily armored warriors, polearms, like this European Bec de Corbin, were used to smash through armor.
This medieval Fiore War Hammer is from Windlass Steelcrafts Battlecry collection. Designed specifically to be used and made from 1065 high carbon steel, this war hammer displays a darkened finish and has been tempered to a low 50s RC.
During the 15th Century, the Gothic Germans were developing spiked war hammers that were just as aesthetically pleasing as they were deadly. The Fisted War Hammer replicates ones such weapon with strikingly accurate detail.
As armor got better, blades became less effective, although weapons like this Foot Soldier's War Hammer remained, being extremely effective against armored and unarmored foes, as the hammer delivered considerable impact either way.
The proliferation of plate armor across Medieval Europe was shadowed by the development of crushing weapons like this war hammer. This impressive weapon is replicated from an example in the German National Museum in Nuremberg.