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Ancient Warriors: Nine Deadly Weapons Blast From the Past

These nasty weapons come from all over the world, and will definitely amaze you with their fearsome technology and style.

Those ancient warriors may not have been the most subtle fighters around, but they they sure had some bad-ass weapons. I guess for the ancients, desperate times called for desperate measures, as you will see from these murderous military weapons.

  1. Triple Morning Star

    This Ancient Weapon known as the Mace comes from the Medieval Age. This weapon was very deadly and consisted of a wood or metal shaft with a mounted head of bronze, copper, wood, or steel. The mace was carried and used by both foot soldiers and Calvary men. Maces were very effective in battle and could puncture even the heaviest of armor. This was a barbaric weapon and left battlefields filled with torture and blood.

  2. Hawaiian Throwing Axe

    This Hawaiian Throwing Axe was a deadly hand held weapon that could be used at both short and long range. This weapon was made out of wood and shark teeth had the power to take men’s limbs off. This weapon was mainly used when opposing Hawaiian armies closed upon each other. They were then thrown at the opposing troops to help soften enemy ranks before close combat. They could also be used in hand to hand combat and had the muscle to rip open skin as if it was butter. This was a very dangerous weapon and is not something you would want to go up against.

  3. Hunga Munga

    The Hunga Munga is an African tribal weapon that is way ahead of its time. It is a handheld weapon and contains a metal pointed blade with a curved back section and separate spike near the handle. This weapon was used in fighting between African tribes and was often times throw in a rotating motion causing deep wounds and even death. Its variation of blades allowed it to be used as more then a weapon. It was used as a tool in farming and even in building structures. It was a great all around tool and has been found all throughout Africa. Today you may have seen the Hunga Munga in the show Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Buffy uses it once in a while to fight off evil demons that she faces.

  4. Throwing Star

    The throwing star known as the shuriken which means “a dagger hidden in a palm” were used and invented by the Japanese. The stars had much variation in the shape; some were shaped like a star and thrown with spin, yet others were needlelike and thrown like a throwing dagger. These daggers couldn’t penetrate armor, but the ninjas, who used them, usually didn’t fight armored opponents. Venom was normally used with the shuriken.

  5. Caltrop

    The Caltrop is a weapon made up of two or more sharp spikes or spines arranged so that one of them points upward from a stable base. Caltrops serve to slow down the proceeding of horses, war elephants, and human troops. It was said to be particularly effective against the soft feet of camels. These were very painful if stepped on and were spread all throughout battle fields. They also were deadly because if stepped on it would cause a bad infection that would cause a slow agonizing death. They also have been used in modern times. In the Vietnam War the Vietcong put them into booby traps. If an American soldier was punctured by one he died from infection almost 90% of the time.

  6. Crossbow Pistol

    This 17th Century Crossbow was way ahead of its time and is very cool. This crossbows look like an early form of a pistol and was very powerful. This hand held crossbow was both accurate and effective but it just was too hard to reload. Because of this it was not used very often in battle and was used more for target practice. Another problem with this weapon was making the arrows which was to time consuming especially if they were just going to get lost in battle. Overall this weapon was still badass and really shows what type of technology and ideas the 17th Century had.

  7. Trebuchet

    A trebuchet is basically a high powered catapult and had many uses in ancient times. Mainly used as a weapon it had enough power to break through castles and destroy towns. It was first used in the 16th Century. Rocks, dead horses, dead people, and dead animals were all used as ammo. In the 16th and 17th Century when plagues and diseases were looming over civilizations plagued bodies were thrown by the trebuchet into enemy territory. The bodies decomposed passing the plague to the enemies slowly killing them. This is one of the first forms of biological warfare.]

  8. Ancient Rocket Launcher

    In the 14th century, the Chinese invented rocket-launchers. These were weapons which shot arrows with rockets attached near the tip into the air toward the enemy. Also in the 14th century, multi-stage rockets were made. When the rockets near the front of the device burnt out, they lit fuses for the second-stage rockets at the back. The bombs the Chinese used in the 17th century were made of gunpowder wrapped in paper and had a fuse covered in gunpowder.

  9. Ancient Flame-Thrower

    The Chinese invented the continuous flame-thrower in the tenth century. In the picture above we see the tank standing on four legs, with the pump and device above it. Because the Chinese invention of a double-acting Piston-bellows was used with this device, a continuous stream of flame could be emitted. The metal used was brass. The Flame-Thrower was used in naval or boat combat and allowed the Chinese to easily set enemy ships on fire and sink them on the spot. It was a great technology and has been used ever since.

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  1. ryan

    On February 24, 2008 at 5:53 pm

    very kool article keep up the great work

  2. Andy-N

    On February 25, 2008 at 10:10 pm

    This was interesting

  3. Sotiris

    On February 26, 2008 at 10:00 am

    Interesting article! Thanks!

  4. Scythe

    On February 26, 2008 at 5:23 pm

    I luv the crossbow pistol. If only I had one of those…. *sigh*

  5. DocJB

    On February 28, 2008 at 1:36 pm

    Kenny not spel or punctuate so gud.

  6. Duncan

    On February 28, 2008 at 10:57 pm

    You forgot put in one of the first gunpowder weapons in the world, made by the Chinese. It was basically a gun with a very wide barrel, that was filled with dozens of arrows. When it was fired, the arrows would fly out fast, killing many people with one shot.

  7. d.maile

    On February 29, 2008 at 2:37 am

    I think you need to make more effort in your research before you start talking about these things. Hawaiians didn’t have throwing axes. What you’ve pictured would be called a leiomano, and it would work like a short-handled axe used for slicing motions. Even this example is more of a modern take on a traditional style of the leiomano.

    Hawaiians preferred to use spears and slings for ranged attacks.

  8. george wilson

    On February 29, 2008 at 3:24 pm

    d. maile sounds like a homicidal geek

  9. tony derda

    On March 18, 2008 at 4:21 pm

    no d.maile sounds like he knows what hes talking about! and hes right you should do more research before you present your findings. I live in hawaii and everything d.maile said is true!

  10. dacia gadson

    On April 8, 2008 at 7:34 pm

    flame throwers are cool so is the cross bow pistol!!!

  11. Shanaque Moaralies

    On May 7, 2008 at 2:01 pm

    hey i noticed that you copied off wikiepdia
    good job
    i have dedicated my life to studying medieval weapons and none of your information is correct
    this is very disrespectful to the men and men that have died in the medieval wars

  12. Vogon

    On May 8, 2008 at 8:28 am

    Perhaps “Shanaque Moaralies should” have studied how to write English as well. Very scholarly.

  13. History

    On July 6, 2008 at 8:09 pm

    A lot of info in this article is off.

    Crossbows has been in use since 500 BCE, and smaller “pistol crossbows” since 200 BCE.

    Trebuchets have been in use in China and Persia since 200 CE, not 1600 CE.. The Mongols used the trebuchets to propel bodies in biological warfare in the 12th-13th century, not the 16th-17th century. By the 16th and 17th century, trebuchets were being replaced by gunpowder cannons and were almost obsolete.

    The bombs used in China in the 17th century were not wrapped in paper. Paper bombs were from the 10th century. By the 17th century, the Chinese, Europeans, Russians, and nearly everyone else had iron and steel caste bombs.

  14. History

    On July 6, 2008 at 8:12 pm

    And the so called Hawaiian “throwing axe” isn’t a throwing axe. That axe is much too bulky and obviously resembles a hand held melee weapon. Furthermore, thrown axes requires a balanced weight design…and weapon is obviously not.

    Furthermore, maces weren’t designed to puncture. Maces were blunt weapons designed to smash armor and cause damage through blunt force trama. Blunt weapons are not designed to “puncture.”

  15. B.Robinson.

    On July 14, 2008 at 2:09 pm

    Just wondered if anyone knew anything about even more ancient/antediluvian weapons, have heard vague rumours about a diamond sword(the diamond was apparently woven into the edge of the blade for obvious effect) reminiscient of katana’s. It was found, devoid of it’s hilt (just the hilt you understand, the tang was still well preserved.) within a ruined tree. It was supposedly carbon dated and came back with a date which was well nigh prehistoric. This is of great interest to me as the katana/wakazaishi were not fully evolved until at least the mid 1450’s or so. Wondered if anyone had more concrete evidence on such a marvellous idea or whether i should consign it firmly to the Highlander box!

  16. kimiko

    On September 23, 2008 at 12:13 pm

    ijust wanted to know if there are any pictures of these warriors in this time. i’m really in to it

  17. meiam3

    On November 13, 2008 at 10:45 am

    If you’re going to post information check it out first. the so called “mace” is actually a tree headed flail.
    way to fail at life
    also history is absollutely right in his statements

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  32. vike

    On April 6, 2009 at 1:08 pm

    chinese rocket launcher? seriously. you want an awesome rocket launcher, try the Hwacha. It was a korean rocket launcher that could fire 200 rocket arrows at the same time. waaay cooler than the chinese version.

  33. jamie mullen

    On April 7, 2009 at 8:26 pm

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    On April 13, 2009 at 11:06 pm

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  39. Joel

    On October 23, 2009 at 10:16 pm

    The ancient rocket launcer is called a whacha. It can launch >500 yards. It can also fire 200 at a time, and the arrows explode on impact. I think they are Korean, though. I saw this all on “Myth Busters.”
    The article is still great, though.

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    On February 8, 2010 at 1:57 am

    i have what i think is a belgian crossbow and wanted to find more info the one i have got is brass an ivory down the hand grip but could not find any makings

    please comment

  43. Tony Garcia

    On March 15, 2010 at 4:04 pm

    wait i saw that “hawain throwing axe” on deadliest warrior before and its not used to be thrown and its not called a “hawain throwing axe” anyway.

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    On March 25, 2010 at 1:33 pm

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    On May 27, 2010 at 6:47 pm

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  50. Gone.

    On August 26, 2010 at 9:17 pm

    Awesome weapons!

  51. hawaiianstile

    On January 5, 2011 at 7:03 am

    the Hawaiian leiomano is NOT a throwing ax. this whole nonsensical roomer began from a BS “tiki coconut” typed sight and seems to have spread like wild fire. it was not made of Koa, not thrown, and NOT a club of any kind.

    it was aimed at the soft vulnerable parts of the body, like the neck, belly, and even testicles, and was a very precise killer.

  52. Bruno

    On January 22, 2011 at 5:54 am

    Number 1 never exited. This is a fantasie weapon from the 18th or more likely 19th century. Medieval maces didn\\\’t have chains attached between the handle and the star. In reality these things did more look like spiked clubs.

  53. charlie

    On March 14, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    this stuff is reall ycool i wish i cloudof fought in world war II i would be a rifle men or a sniper perferibly a sniper cause they dont killed much if ur a good and smart sniper but im only 13 so im probly wrong abput some of the stuff i said but o well.

  54. J & E

    On March 26, 2011 at 11:44 am

    i look over all these comments and i have to say some people are smart some people are ignorant some people just plain stupid some just need to get a life nd some people think nobody is better than them. when you insult sombody else make sure you know one day your going to get insulted and whos going to be laughing now!!!!

  55. keone

    On July 20, 2011 at 9:11 pm

    we Hawaiians didnt have throwing axes you moronic nimrod. that is a leiomano, and a fake ass replica one at that, just like the fake decorative piece used on the show, which is about as full of crap as you are. we would never throw it, why on earth would you throw something with brittal shark teeth. honestly its like someone lobotomized you before you made this.

  56. Squatpump

    On July 25, 2012 at 7:08 am

    Why do you have weaponary that you claim is from the 17th century when you are supposedly talking about ancient age warfare? Dipshit.

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