Total Length: 88- 120cm
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.
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.