The development of better armor for the common soldier did more than just make it harder to defeat a typical warrior. It caused weapons to develop as well, forcing weapon smiths to focus their efforts on weapons that either penetrated armor or negated the protection that layers of steel can provide. And that is precisely where the mace excels. The mace has been around for hundreds, if not thousands of years, as even the earliest clubs and bludgeons, with rocks mounted at the tip, can be considered rudimentary maces of a sort. The mace also has the distinctive in that it was the first weapon designed to be used for killing humans, as opposed to hunting. Maces did not really come into popularity until the 12th century, though, when improved armor forced warriors to find a new way to hurt their foes. At its most simple, a mace is a heavy weight at the end of a club, and at its most complex, a mace can feature deadly looking flanges, spikes, and intricate weights that are perfect for bashing and smashing. How maces excel against armor is simple. Edged weapons put a great deal of force onto a small edge, and the hard surface of plate armor and the sturdy surface of mail serve to diffuse that energy, creating a smaller cut or a harmless strike. Maces, with their heavy weight and broader surface of impact, do not suffer this drawback, and thus, even in armor, warriors will feel the full force of the blow. Plus, a heavy impact can dent armor. Our maces here at Dark Knight Armoury are great for variety of uses, ranging from medieval martial arts practice to solo training. You can even use some for reenactments. And of course, we also offer a range of great display pieces that recreate the look of some of the ceremonial maces and battle maces that have been used throughout history, allowing you to show off this intimidating weapon in the comforts of your own home. So if you want to put your armored foes in their place with startling ease, then you want to wield one of the medieval maces that you can find right here at Dark Knight Armoury.