LARP Imperial Mace
(About): Authentic Historical Design, Made Safe with Modern LARP Safety Features
Our LARP Imperial Mace is a fantastic historical reproduction of a 15th-century steel mace. This devastating weapon was a knight-killer, designed solely for swiftly and brutally forcing an armored opponent into submission. The mace-head is made from six pointed flanges with trefoil piercings, finished to appear like blackened steel. This head is attached to a matching blackened-steel-effect shaft, studded with trefoils that appear to be made from brass rivets. The mace is wielded with a handle wrapped with real split-leather, bounded by two brass-effect rings. The shaft is capped with a brass-style pommel.
The Right Materials for the Modern LARP Battlefield
Epic Armoury have designed our LARP Imperial Mace as a safe, fully useable LARP weapon. It is made with a Kevlar-tipped solid fiberglass safety core, EVA foam body and thick latex topcoat. It remains a fairly hard weapon, so we recommend that your opponent is armored – perhaps you could outfit yourselves in our authentic steel plate armor to complete your knightly aspect!
(History): Maces on the Medieval Battlefield
Weapons like our LARP Imperial Mace emerged in the 14th-century CE, as plate armor gradually began to replace chainmail. A well-made cutting weapon like a sword forged from high-carbon steel could seriously compromise or even burst chainmail – but it was almost pointless against plate armor. Thus, whilst the sword remained an eternal symbol of status and chivalry, practical knights began to look for other solutions.
Maces were a popular choice: they did not rely on piercing the plate or compromising weakpoints (like the more sharply pointed sword variants), but rather on sheer brute force. Whilst a sword-cut against an armor plate would do little damage at all, the weight behind a mace blow would transmit the majority of the force through the plate into the body of the wearer, causing broken bones and internal injuries even though the plate remained intact. As well, armor articulations could be bent and compromised with a well-placed mace blow – a popular tactic was to aim for the knees or elbows of an opponent to lock them into place, either immobilising them or hampering their ability to attack.
Total length: 33 ½ inches
Head dimensions: 5 ½ inches x 7 ¼ inches
Core material: 10mm solid fiberglass rod
Weapon materials: EVA foam & Latex coat
Weight: 0.8 lbs.