War hammer

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War hammer
War hammer 1.jpg
Image Source: Windlass Steelcrafts
Object typeWeapons
Skill usedManufacturing weapons
Time0.5 day(s)
Objects1 war hammer head
1 medium wooden shaft
Toolsstone, bronze or regular hammer
Rot and repair
Rot6 points per day
30 points per day of use
Repair300 points per hour
Holdable object
General properties
Weight370 grams

Description and uses

The war hammer is a wood-and-steel weapon (no other uses) that is not very popular in Cantr because of its low effectiveness relative to its cost - the composite recurve bow is more powerful and does not use steel, while the steel battle axe is much more powerful for a relatively small increase in cost.

Real-life context

A war hammer is an archaic weapon of war intended for close combat, the design of which resembles the hammer. The war hammer consists of, like the tool it resembles, a handle and a head. The handle may be of different lengths, the longest being roughly equivalent to the halberd, and the shortest about the same as a mace. Long war hammers were pole weapons (polearms) meant for use against riders, whereas short ones were used in closer quarters and from horseback. Later war hammers often had a spike on one side of the head, thus making it a more versatile weapon. War hammers were developed as a consequence of the ever more prevalent metal armours of the medieval battlefields during the 14th and 15th centuries. The war hammer could deal blows of tremendous force to the target, especially when mounted on a pole, and by impact alone do damage without penetrating the armour. The spike end could be used for grappling the target's armour, reins, or shield, or could be turned in the direction of the blow to pierce even heavy armour. Against mounted opponents, the weapon could also be directed at the legs of the horse, toppling the armored foe to the ground where he could be more easily attacked.

The above information was taken from the Wikipedia article at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War_hammer.


Image Source: Windlass Steelcrafts