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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 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.


No evidence for weapons like this has been found at Bannockburn, but a similar weapon was used in fourteenth-century Poland, where it was known as a 'godenak'.

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.