Rare and unusual ancient weapons

Rare and unusual ancient weapons

Originally, the main purpose of weapon was primarily protection against predators, and then - hunting. Over time, they began to use the weapon to attack and defend from other people.

hook sword

Rare and unusual ancient weapons

hook sword - a sword with a tip in the form of a hook, with a finial in the form of the tip of the dagger and Garden sickle. As a result warrior armed so odd arms was able to fight at various distances both close and remote from the enemy in the region of the sword tip.

Rare and unusual ancient weapons

to sharpen the front part of the blade, the concave part of the "guard", pommel handle and the outer side of the hook. All this variety of blades allows you to combine tricks as at long range and close.

KHOPESH

Rare and unusual ancient weapons

KHOPESH - a kind of bladed weapons of ancient Egypt with a crescent-shaped blade. In form and functionality is something between a sword and an ax.

Rare and unusual ancient weapons

The first mention of it appears in the New Kingdom, the latter - about 1,300 BC. e.

Kakute

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The fighting ring or kakute - non-lethal form of the Japanese weapon that consists of a small hoop, covering finger and naklopannyh / tipped spikes (usually one to three). Warrior usually wore one or two rings - one at the middle or index finger, and the other at large.

Rare and unusual ancient weapons

The most common rings were spiked into and used when needed to capture and hold the person, but not to kill him and not to cause deep damage. However, if kakute turned spikes out, they turned to the jagged brass knuckles. kusarigama

Rare and unusual ancient weapons

kusarigama used in the defense of fortresses, consists of kama sickle to which the shock load is secured with a chain. Stick length sickle can reach 60 cm, and the length of the blade sickle -. 20 cm sickle blade perpendicular to the handle, it is ground with the inner concave side and tip ends.

Rare and unusual ancient weapons

The chain is attached to the other end of the handle, or to Obukhov sickle. Its length is about 2, 5 m or less.

Makuahutl

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The weapon Aztec-like sword. Its length usually reaching 90-120 cm. Along wooden blades were attached sharpened pieces of volcanic glass (obsidian).

Rare and unusual ancient weapons

The last mention of makuahutle refers to 1884.

serponosnye chariot

Rare and unusual ancient weapons

is an improved combat chariot horizontal blade length of about one meter on each side of the wheel. Greek commander Xenophon, a member of the Battle of Cunaxa, telling them: "It had thin braids, extended at an angle from the axis, as well as under the seat of the driver, is towards the earth."

Rare and unusual ancient weapons

This weapon was used primarily for a frontal attack on the enemy system. The main objective was the destruction of the chariots serponosnye combat formations of infantry.

Greek fire

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The combustible mixture used for military purposes during the Middle Ages. It would be used for the first time by the Byzantines in the naval battles. Installation with Greek fire was a copper tube - a siphon through which a liquid mixture crash erupted. As used buoyancy compressed air bellows or like forging.

Rare and unusual ancient weapons

Presumably, the maximum long range siphons was 25-30 m, so initially the Greek fire was used only in the Navy, where he represented a dire threat slow and clunky wooden ships of the time.

Morgenstern

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Cold steel shock-crushing action in the form of a metal ball, equipped with studs.

Rare and unusual ancient weapons

Literally from German - "morning star."

Skissor

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In fact - metal sleeves, which ends with the edge of a semicircular shape. It served to protect, successful lock strikes enemy and their own for applying impacts.

Rare and unusual ancient weapons

Skissor was light, and had a length of 45 cm. The first application skissoru found Roman gladiators.

Chuang

Rare and unusual ancient weapons

Another Chinese arms. Iron "hand" Chuang was our long stick, at the end of which was attached a copy of a human hand with huge claws. Chuang of weight (about 9 kg) was enough to kill the enemy, but with claws it look even more eerie. If Chuang used the experienced warrior, he could pull off the soldiers with horses. But the main purpose was to wrest Chuang shields from the hands of opponents, leaving them vulnerable to deadly claws.