Or flail if you prefer. Bedfordshire (UK) Police were surprised when someone turned in what they are calling a “Medieval-style Bommy-Knocker” at a recent gun, knife, and other weapon amnesty event.
From UK Daily Mail:
Officers in Bedford allowed members of the public to hand in weapons without fear of prosecution as part of a campaign to take items of the streets.
Along with the handguns and blades which were handed in however, was the gruesome-looking metal flail like those thought to have been used by warriors in the Middle Ages.
The fearsome weapon, along with 2,000 knives and an assortment of guns collected by the police, will now be destroyed to ensure they do not end up in the hands of criminals.
Bedfordshire’s Sergeant Ben Dimmock said: ‘While we get used to seeing all kinds of things handed in during these campaigns, the flail was a particularly gruesome piece of equipment capable of inflicting serious injuries of worse. It is now in the best place for it – the crusher.’
As part of a nation-wide campaign called Operation Sceptre, forces around the country are urging people to hand in their so-called ‘zombie knives’ – those which have a serrated edge – which were recently banned.
I wanted to dig a little deeper into the term “Bommy-Knocker”, but didn’t find anything noteworthy. I did find this interesting piece on the differences between maces, flails, and morningstars.
While superficially similar, the mace and morningstar developed independently, and when the mace transitioned to wholly metal construction, the morningstar retained its wooden haft. Additionally, the morningstar traditionally had a longer reach, with a typical weapon having a haft of six feet more1 – although cavalry weapons were typically shorter. Some weapons were even bigger! I don’t think I’d want anyone swinging that thing at me.
One example housed in the Vienna museum is a whopping 7’ 9” in length! This is a professionally made military morningstar, and the top spike itself is 21 inches in length. I don’t know about you, but that’s long enough to go clear through me and out the other side.
Cruder morningstars also existed, and were usually cobbled together by peasants out of hand-cut timber and fitted with nails and spikes. Pretty sure I still wouldn’t want someone hitting me with that.