Posted 6 years ago
Today on "Why The F*ck Do You Have This?!": my flail.
This is, as said, a wooden double flail. The balls and handle are wood; there are metal studs on the balls, a chain connecting them to the handle, and a metal wire eye at the end of the handle, possibly for hanging it.
I bought it on impulse at a thrift shop because it was cheap and I was on my lunch break and coming into the office with a flail seemed like a cool idea at the time. (... I know.)
It could have been something for a re-enactment or a LARP event, a theatre prop, a decor item for someone really into the medieval armory aesthetic, I don't know. It doesn't look mass-produced (I don't think the market for this sort of thing is large enough for mass production) but it's probably not particularly old. Anyone who knows anything about this sort of thing is welcome to share it!
I mainly keep it around as a reminder that somewhere, somewhen, someone decided that they needed a flail in their life, and then spent actual time, money and effort on making one, enabling me down the line to casually walk into my office building holding a medieval weapon.
(I may also be a little bit into the medieval armory aesthetic. But that's neither here nor there.)
(This is also another one of those items I don't know how to classify properly. Any help is appreciated!)