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Morning star

morgensterThe morning star is still available as a melee weapon. This weapon, often confused with the goedendag, consists of a wooden shaft with a thickened and sharp iron-tipped end. It is a melee weapon and its effectiveness is determined by its weight and the number of sharp points.

These points could be applied in 2 ways.

·       For example, the shaft  could have been made of wood through which the points had been punched.

·       Another way the tips could be applied was by making or wrapping the top of the shaft with a metal sleeve that already had the tips attached.

In addition, the top of the shaft often ended in a point, so that the weapon more than once lent itself not only to hitting, but also to thrusting.