I was thinking about the good discussion on the Christopher Lee thread.
I wanted to ask this question: How popular were mace and studded mace-like weapons? Did soldiers at a certain point carry a sharp and a mace like golfers with different clubs? I would think they would be very popular for their effectiveness at denting armor and transferring K-energy, their rock solid durability and lack of fussiness, and lower expense to manufacture. Yet we don't hear about them as much. Is it because they are not as sexy and glamorous as swords?
Why design a sword dedicated to thrusting which is dicey at best against full plate when you could carry a dedicated cutter and a mace for different targets? Weight consideration?
It might be the case that barring exceptional examples, old maces got recycled. It was mandatory for a Kataphract to carry a mace or axe as per The Strategikon so at least in Eastern Roman lands, every Super Heavy Cavalryman had a mace or axe by at least the 7th century A.D. Likewise we might have many more knightly two hander swords extant simply because people preferred to hang them on their walls than use them; perhaps falchions and no frills arming swords were the go to weapon for mass combat.
Post renaissance however highly ornamental maces are quite common, though they tend to be made of gold and not intended to combat.
My 2 cents worth of speculation.
A little Indian brave who before he was ten/played war games inthe woods with his Indian friends/& he built a dream that when he grew up/he would be a Fierce Warrior Indian Chief
Many moons passed & for the boy the dream grew strong until tomorrow he would sing his first war song/& fight his first battle/but something went wrong
Suprise attack killed him in his sleep that night
And so castles made of sand/melt into the sea/eventually
Post by michaeljager on Sept 30, 2015 17:11:14 GMT
Czech based Armory Marek (http://www.armorymarek.com/) Has an excellent selection of percussion weapons, some highly decorated, at fair prices. I asked them if their metal shafts are hollow or solid; they are solid.