If you would contine your work on Indian (any post or pre Columian) weapons,
It would be ok with me. Not exactly my strong point.
I have found, in the past, that just putting forth one's knowledge, such as you display in this area, seems to bring more readers (hits) than just posting links.
Also, making the ocaasional faux paus does not seem to drive readers away.
An interesting weapon of the 16th century Central American Aztec Empire was the "obsidian edged" club.
Now I know there is a specific name for this weapon, but i annot recall it, and, of course, the volcanic glass of its edge was a no brainer for the non Iron Age participating Precolumbian Native Americans. (now that's a PC mouthfull).
Of course it was not effective against steel Armor.
The edges were sharper and harder than steel but rather brittle.
For the one of the best but aged novel (I think or opine) on this era was Shellabarger's "Captain from Castile(also a movie as was "Prince of Foxes" about Machiavellian Italy co-starring Orson Welles as Cesare Borgia if I recall correctly. Welles also co starred as "Bayan of the Hundred eyes" in the Movie "The Black Rose" about a Marco Polo type Englishman from the novel of the same name (i think by Costain, my memory may be faulty here).
Oldied but goodies to be sure.
Sensei Bill requested (well sorta) a thread on the Atlatl (the throwing stick) of a similar type as the earlier Fulsom and Clovis point weapons used to the North that made life difficult, perhaps, back as far as the times of the Mammoth.
Again, not my strong point.
The 'type' of draw used by the NE N. Americans is also a question.
Presently we in the Us either us a three fingered draw or, as I grew up with, a thumb and fore finger pull. The latter not a good idea for Bows over 30lbs Draw.
The latest mutation of the is the trigger type release of the Compound bow, which necessitates a permanent loop attached to the drawstring at the point of draw.
(Of course, the English Yeoman's bow was normally (anecdotally thus far) of Hew.)(oops---Yew)(sorry HUgh)
Tied with the Compound bow it is a very much more deadly weapon than the simple single reflex bows I originally learned on ( in another lifetime.)
The 14th and 15th century draw of the English yeoman was, perhaps, 2 fingered.
That was ok if you didn't mind losing the skin off your fingers from time to time.
I doubt the leather drawing gloves were used by the Native Americans, but I am not sure.
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