Knight Mace

Knight Mace

Knight Mace

The development and enhancement of a highly effective armor for the regular soldier did more than just protect themselves from enemies; the armor made it difficult for opponents to penetrate the piece and it also instigated the development of more weapons that could actually cut through the protective gear.

If not to penetrate, weaponsmiths also tried to find ways to actually negate the armor worn by these soldiers which is why they have created the mace which excels in piercing the layers of steel that protect each warrior.

The mace has been a weapon of history and may have been around for thousands of years; it may be as old as the earliest bludgeons and clubs that featured rocks fixated right at the tip. The knight mace was also created with a distinct appearance and was considered to be the very first weapon designed specifically to kill a human.

At first, the knight mace did not come into popularity, but during the twelfth century when armor began to greatly improve, warriors needed to find ways to actually cause damage and hurt their enemies who wore protective armor in battle.

A simple mace was generally heavy along the club’s end but the more complex pieces featured deadly looking spikes, flanges, and adequate weight that is perfect for smashing and bashing an enemy.

It is quite simple how these knight maces can excel against armor: edged weapons have excess force on its little edge, and the hardened surface of armor and chainmail can easily diffuse the force, thus creating only a harmless strike or small cut.

However, the knight mace has increased weight and a broad surface which allows it to give out its full force and blow even if the enemy is wearing armor for protection.

The Knight Mace

The knight mace is known as a blunt weapon that has a heavy head right at the end of its handle; this is necessary for giving off powerful and deadly blows to enemies on the battlefield.

A mace is usually made up of a strong and heavy metal or wooden shaft that is reinforced with metal while also featuring a sturdy head made out of copper, bronze, stone, iron, or steel. When it comes to the military mace, it can be shaped either with knobs or flanges that will allow more penetration on the enemy’s armor.

The length of these knight maces varies depending on who utilizes these: the knight maces utilized by foot soldiers were shorter and measured about two to three feet only while those utilized by cavalrymen were much longer and better for delivering attacks while on horseback.

There were also recorded notes on double-handed maces which are said to be larger than the previously mentioned knight maces. The knight maces are known to be very popular in Eastern Europe especially in areas such as Ukraine and Poland.

The knight maces that were found in Eastern Europe usually featured pear-shaped heads and were also utilized by Stephen the Great in a couple of wars he was engaged in.

Knight Mace

This type of mace may have been utilized all the way back to the twelfth century and was often made out of iron, unlike the earlier maces that were primarily made of an iron or copper alloy head that was fixed on a wooden shaft.

Furthermore, these weapons were cheap and did not really need a lot of weapon-making abilities to create; because of this, numerous people assumed that the knight mace was basically a peasant’s weapon.

This is untrue since the knight mace was one of the most favored weapons of the knights due to its usefulness and undeniable strength; the mace generated more force and power compared to most swords and other types of weapons. Also, the mace had the ability to break the enemy’s bones without penetrating one’s thick armor.

Types of Maces

The length of knight maces varies significantly: those utilized by the foot soldiers were shorter and ranged from about two to three feet while the cavalrymen’s knight maces were much longer and mainly designed for executing attacks on horseback.

There were numerous types of maces and all of these served a specific purpose. Here are the different types of knight maces:

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Knight Flail

This type of knight mace is a long, double-handed weapon that has a cylindrical head basically, it is a slightly shorter knight mace with a rounded metallic head. The most distinguishable aspect of the knight flail is that it has a separate striking head that is attached to the handle using a flexible strap, rope, or chain.

The main strategic advantage and purpose of the knight flail is its ability to deliver powerful strikes on an enemy’s shield; however, it did have liability and this was the challenge of using the weapon during close combat, as well as its lack of precision.

Morning Star Flail

The knight morning star is any of the club-like weapons that feature a single or more spike; each of these utilized a combination of puncture and blunt attacks to either wound or kill an opponent.

The morning star is considered as a medieval knight mace that is made up of a spiked ball that is fixed on a shaft; it somehow resembles the original knight mace and usually has a long spike that extends all the way from the top.

There were also numerous little spikes that were located around portions of the head. The spikes distinguish this weapon from a mace since these can only have small knobs or flanges; also, the flail was utilized by both the cavalry and infantry.

Knight Mace

Uses of the Mace

Despite its use on the battlefield, the knight mace is still utilized in this day and age but only in universities, government bodies, as well as other institutions as non-battle equipment.

Ceremonial maces are usually carried before high officials during civic ceremonies since these are necessary to represent an official’s authority.

Mace Training Method

All foot soldiers were required to undergo special mace training since it was crucial to have a full understanding of middle age warfare and expertise when it comes to using medieval weapons. It was necessary for them to perfect the use of weapons such as the knight mace which is why training was also important for them.

The training included practicing new moves, how to be accurate, knowing how to defend, as well as managing battles which included close-range fights using the weapon.

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