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BudK Medieval Spiked Flails

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This ancient weapon was once used by foot soldiers as a deadly weapon. After the 16th Century, flails were used only as historical decoration. Each fine replica is hand crafted from top quality materials. The 1 lb spiked steel ball is supported by a studded chain attached to a 15 1/2' rivited hardwood handle. Also available in a double ball.

Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • ASIN: B000UVZO1E
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,658 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
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Customer Reviews

The craftsman ship was good.
K. Dargan
Really the extent of my testing this was swinging it around because it's just that awesome.
Charles D.L. Smith
The chain at the bottom of the handle is held on by two phillip head screws.
Ron

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Andrew on March 23, 2011
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i just got this and it is a pretty decent item for what i payed. i wasn't expecting much but it is very fun. the spikes are very sharp and tore apart a few boxes i was hitting. the reason i rate it four stars is the two rings that connect the ball, and the entire chain to the handle. they are not solid rings, but rather have a cut in them, after about ten swings the ball came flying off (not hitting anything fortunately) but it was a very easy fix, just bent it back on with pliers. if you have any soldering experience i suggest you solder the whole part so they do not come off so easily. also the rope (as expected) started to untwine. that is an easy fix too, just get some glue or find a way to wrap it yourself. if you are purely getting this for a collection, and not to hit boxes (which is what i do/did) then this is a great piece. if u do want to hit boxes, make sure to not let the ball come flying off and hit you in the face :P either solder it or im sure duct tape would somehow work (works for everything) overall i definitely recommend this product as it is a very interesting and awesome piece.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By K. O. Hanna on December 5, 2012
Let me start by saying it's abou $8... And it's a rather functional weapon. It's meant to be a wall hanger I'm sure, but I've had this flail for about 8 years now and it's seen a lot of swinging around and smashing. Since then, the only thing that's changed is I took the nylon wrap off the handle and put on my own leather wrap and it looks really nice. I did that about 2 years ago. I've had this thing since I was 14 and I'm 22 years old now. I still hang this flail on my wall by the chain on the butt of the handle. My friends always want to play with it. I don't see how anyone could give an $8 totally functional flail anything less than 5 stars.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Jeremy on July 26, 2012
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This is a great addition to your collection. The one pound ball on it is wonderful. This is only a show piece since the chain is not strong. I replaced my chain with a more standard one and weighted the handle for balance. Before it looked authentic. Now it is also a strong and balanced functioning weapon and it only cost about $5 to make it that way.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ron on April 12, 2014
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Quote- "The 1 lb spiked steel ball is supported by a studded chain attached to a 15 1/2' rivited hardwood handle."

--1 lb spiked steel ball--
First off, the ball is aluminum and it weights 6.1 oz. The spikes... well, others said the spikes were sharp, mine are quite blunt. Actually they're flattened out. The end of the spikes ranges between 1/8" and 1/16". So ya, really dull. To grind them sharp would ruin the looks and you'd be sharpening aluminum so.... :|

--studded chain--
The chain links aren't welded nor is the d-ring that's used to attach it to the handle. I can open a link just using the adjacent links for leverage. A couple of pairs of pliers will easily open up the d-ring. The chain isn't studded either. It's actually pretty thin metal. This chain is the type of stuff you'd use in the living room for a small hanging lamp or maybe a light potted plant. It's not functional for the purpose here. It will come apart.

--15 1/2' rivited hardwood handle--
The cap on the end of the handle that the chain attaches to wobbles back and forth, but it doesn't seem like it's going to come off (the d-ring will give way long before that;). The wood actually looks nice, although it has a slight bend in it. Instead of a milled dowel, it looks more like pretty straight tree branch. BUT, I like that part, it looks authentic. Then there's the rivets... there are no rivets! LOL (rivet, not rivit btw, and ' means feet while we're at it...) There are three decorative, for lack of a better term, thumb tacks, that hold the leather onto the handle, it's not glued on. The leather looks really thin as well. The chain at the bottom of the handle is held on by two phillip head screws.

The chain, d-ring and leather need replaced.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jeremia on February 9, 2013
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At this price, I'd say it is a steal, but don't expect a weapon. It is a decoration. The star at the end of it worth the price and another $20 at the hardware store, along with some effort, can convert this into a functional and deadly weapon.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By pete liv on May 16, 2013
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Sure enough, as soon as I took this product from the box, I noticed the weak "O" rings at the head and base of the chain, which seem to be ripped from an old chandalier. Neither end was welded or bent together, in any way. After a quick weld with a 2 dollar chain from lowe's I had a serviceable weapon. The handle is ok, tough wood, s****y wrapping. I suggest several layers of black electrical tape for a decent grip.

!!The mace head alone makes it worth the purchase!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By darthpain15 on March 19, 2013
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Not the best thing ever. It would break if you beat a tree but it would do fine vs. some watermelons. The chain links aren't welded together which would cause them to bend away with repeated use but its more of a show piece anyway.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. Dargan on April 1, 2013
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This recreation of the flail arrived in good time and shape. The packing was sturdy enough to survive the trip. The craftsman ship was good. I will hopefully get togged up and see how it all goes together. Happy in Ossining
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