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Modern reproduction of one-handed flail The term flail refers to two different weapons: one a two-handed infantry weapon derived from an agricultural link, and the other a one-handed weapon.
The defining characteristic of both is that they involve a separate striking head attached to a blackjack weapon sock by a blackjack weapon sock rope, strap, or chain.
The two-handed variant saw use in a limited number of conflicts during the European Middle Ages.
The two-handed flail is a derived from the agricultural tool of the same name, commonly used in.
Only a limited amount of historical evidence exists for their employment in Europe during this era.
These were deployed in Germany and Central Europe in the later.
This weapon consists of a hinged bar connected to a longer shaft.
In Korea the flail as an agricultural tool is called "dorikke" but as a weapon, it is called "pyeongon".
The Japanese term for their equivalent of the ball-on-a-chain bludgeon is "rentsuru", while the Chinese version's name translates vividly into English as.
For example, in the 1420-1497 period, the Hussites fielded large numbers of peasant foot soldiers armed blackjack help sheet flails.
The modified flail was also used in the in the early 16th century.
At a later date, the long-handled flail is found in use in India, possibly more as blackjack weapon sock symbol of status than a weapon.
An example held in the has a wooden ball-shaped head studded with iron blackjack ballroom />Another in the collection blackjack weapon sock two spiked iron balls attached by separate chains.
The chief tactical virtue of the two-handed flail was its capacity to defeat a defender's shield or avoid it entirely.
Its chief liability was a lack of precision and the difficulty of using it in close combat, or closely ranked formations.
The one-handed flail The one-handed variant is generally depicted as a short wooden handle connected to one or many metal heads by way of a chain.
At least four examples of this type are housed in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
One of these is a Swiss "morning star mace" dated to approximately 1530, consisting of a relatively long handle compared to the others, a long chain almost as long as the handle, ending in a large spiked ball.
A second is 16th-century German, having a medium-length metal handle, a short chain, and a small iron ball blackjack weapon sock large spikes.
A third is 15th-century French, having an unusually short handle, a chain nearly as long as the handle, and an iron head lacking spikes but having several angular points.
The fourth is also 15th-century, but German, and equally short, but ending in three short chains each ending in a small, angular, iron head.
All of these except the 16th-century German example have chains long enough to require care not to allow the head to strike the user's hand.
Variations Hussite troops with flails on the march The agricultural flail was not just used as an improvised weapon in Europe.
In southeast Asia, short agricultural flails originally employed in threshing rice were adapted into weapons such as the or.
In modern history, related weapons were also said to been used by members of organized crime during the Depression-era period of the and other Western countries.
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