Thisis a new Macuahuitl replica from Occoquan Paleotechnics LLC, made in real volcanic glass Obsidian. This replica showcases one of the deadliest prehistoric combat weapons known, the Macuahuitl, or Obsidian Sword. This weapon had its origin in Pre-Columbian Meso-America, and was at its height of use during the Spanish conquest of the 1500's. There are no surviving examples today, but during this time of Conquest the Spanish drew many descriptions which are available for study today. This and other types are seen in the Codex Mendoza, the Codice Tudela, and the Codex Ixtlilxochitl in the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris, France.
This model is 30 inches long, The main body is main in Oak, as the Codices mention as the main wood. It is grooved to fit the glued in Obsidian flakes. There are several styles that can be found depicted in the descriptions, and many of these are made from long thin Obsidian blades made from prepared cores. This is the model that is most seen in the Spanish drawings. These obsidian pieces were made in the traditional manner, hand knapped from prepared real obsidian blade cores. Many of the flakes are bifaced to shape with pressure flaking. This weapon should still be considered dangerous, and the buyer is responsible for safe use and display of the replica.
The final picture is from the Spanish Codices,
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