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The top ten most dangerous melee weapons

Thursday, 21 December 2017

The close combat is probably the most direct conflict that is possible between opponents. It uses melee techniques, such as Krav Maga, Jiu Jitsu or Wing Chun. But, of course, man has always relied on his body not only in combat, weapons have always been used. In the course of time, there were no limits to inventiveness. Today: the 10 most dangerous melee weapons.


10. Sword Breaker


This little dagger was used to capture the enemy's sword. Due to the special design, the blade of the enemy slid into a notch, from which it was difficult to pull out again. Often spring-loaded pawls were installed, which further reinforced this effect. The opponent was thus robbed of his weapon, which was often the death sentence for him. Particularly popular was the swordbreaker in Central Europe in the 16th century.

9 African Sausage Iron


This multi-bladed throwing weapon comes, as the name implies, from Central Africa and was used there until the 20th century. This weapon can not only be thrown, turning like a boomerang, it can also be used in melee combat. Even with the throwing iron, the opposing spear could be caught and snatched away. It was usually combined with spear, shield and bow and arrow.


8 Chakras


The Indian chakram is also a throwing weapon. It consists of a metal ring with an extremely sharp edge. This shape makes the chakram absolutely insensitive to crosswind, and the flight behavior can be compared to that of a Frisbee. Trained fighters swirled the weapon around his index finger, then released it with a slight movement of the wrist. Smaller versions could be worn around the wrist to use as a slash weapon.

7 Crow's Foot


As simple as this weapon is, it is as effective as it is. The crow's foot consists of four iron tips, which are arranged so that always a pin is vertically upwards. This injured marching troops on their feet. Already by the Romans crow's feet were laid out to stop the enemy advance. But even today the crow foot is still used by the military and police to stop vehicles.

6 Warhammer


Even a good armor was not enough protection against injury, because with this long-handled hammer you could destroy the armor, break bones and even penetrate the enemy's body. Of course, this deadly tool required tremendous physical strength.

5 Greek fire


Liquid fire that can be sprayed on enemies? The Greek fire makes it possible! With the aid of a pump system, even in late antiquity whole enemy fleets were destroyed. The exact composition of the liquid has not been handed down, historians can only guess. However, it is likely that crude oil was one of the main ingredients.

4 Apache Revolver


Although the name suggests otherwise, this handgun was not used by Native Americans. Rather, it was used with preference by French gangsters of the 19th century. This is not surprising, because this small, foldable pistol combines firearm, brass knuckles and knives. Due to the small size, it could be worn inconspicuously. However, caution was also required for the owner, because the Apache revolver had no backup. The danger of accidentally injuring himself was not to be underestimated.

3 Cestus


This antique brass bangle was made of leather straps on which metal thorns and blades were placed. Also incorporated metal plates were not uncommon. The clout force of the Cestus brought so many physically superior opponents to their knees. It's no wonder he was mostly used in gladiatorial combat. For a short time he was also used at the Olympics, where he was soon banned after a few deaths.

2 Turkana


The crescent-shaped finger knife is still used in Northeast Africa to this day. It can be used both as a punch and as a stabbing weapon. If the Turkana is not needed, it can be easily worn by a leather strap on the wrist, where it waits in a protective leather cover for the next use.

1 Pata


The Pata is a medieval bat and stabbing weapon that was common throughout India. It consists of a metal rail that covers the entire outside of the forearm, and a double-edged, pointed blade. Very often the fighter wore a pata in both hands. So equipped, the arms were windm├╝hlenartig moved to injure as many enemies. No wonder that the Pata was often used when you were already surrounded by the enemy and had your own end in mind.

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