Thursday, September 27, 2007

Armour Piercing Arrowheads

What quality metal was used on medieval arrowheads? Which types were used to pierce armor? This article from the Royal Armouries looks at the question.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

It's just as likely that these arrowheads were hardened in order to help them keep an edge so they cut better against fleshy targets (e.g., horses)--that's how most arrows did their damage, and casual handling can ruin the edge of a soft iron weapon. After all, primary-source accounts show us that arrows almost never penetrated plate armor, so where does this sudden need to find plate armor-piercing arrows come from? And if the bodkin points were intended to penetrate mail--the only kind of armor that could be reliably penetrated--they wouldn't need to be hardened which explains why they weren't.

Regards--Hugh

Anonymous said...

There in fact numerous examples of hardened arrowheads. Do by all means read the book 'secrets of the english warbow' by Hugh Soar for example, this will make things more clear for you on the subject of plate armour piercing.

Ian said...

The Royal Armouries article is now here

http://www.royalarmouries.org/what-we-do/research/analytical-projects/armour-piercing-arrowheads