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, 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 made in Redheart wood, from the region of Mexico/Central America where the Macuahuitll originated. 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. A prototype was made here first with this design, and it was so deadly sharp that it was hard to keep anyone around it safe from injury. The next model was made with flakes shaped with pressure flaking, so that they are sharp the way that arrowheads are sharp.This is the model we have chosen to make here, which is the type seen most often in the Spanish drawings. These obsidian pieces were made in the traditional manner, hand knapped from prepared real obsidian blade cores.
Aztec Macuahuitl Obsidian Sword
This weapon should be considered dangerous and even deadly, and the buyer is responsible for safe use and display of the replica.