Total Length: 200-250 cm
The military flail was copied from the farming tool of the same name used for threshing grain.
The handle made up around sixty percent of the total length of the weapon. To this was attached, by means of one or two chain links, a second, slightly shorter length of wood.
Military flails usually had their top sections studded with short nails or spikes.
One advantage of the flail was that, when the weapon was swung and the shorter top section hit the opponent, the chain-link joint helped stop the impact from being felt in the hands of the user.
Like the farming tool, the military flail was probably only used by common soldiers, and not by the nobility as is sometimes believed.