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Another savage weapon of the Medieval Ages was the flail. Originally this item was a farming implement used by farmers to separate grain. As the call to arms was answered by the peasant population, its usefulness as a weapon was quickly realized. A wooden handle of 12 - 16 inches sported a 6 inch chain to which was attached a spiked iron ball weighing from 4 - 6 pounds. When swung in battle the torque generated from the chain would make the spiked ball a deadly piece of iron. It could literally crush armor with ease and shatter bone without much effort. The former agricultural tool was quickly popular among combatants throughout the Medieval Era.


Essentially the same weapon as listed above, a second chain and ball was added to the original design once its effectiveness in battle was proven. This made the weapon more deadly.