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  • War Knife

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Total Length: 88- 120cm
Weight: 1.2-1.4kg


The war-knife, also called a ‘great knife’, was a common weapon at the time of Bannockburn.

It was made just like an ordinary knife. The huge blade came down to a long bottom part – the tang. Two pieces of wood were then fixed to either side of the tang to form its handle.

How was it used?

Generally, it was a weapon used by well-armed mixed infantry. There is also some evidence for great knives being used on horseback by knights and men-at-arms.

At Bannockburn at least some of the Scots ‘knife-men’, who would lunge out of the schiltrons to attack the English knights and their horses, may have been armed with weapons like this.