Humans are predictably violent, and certain weird weapons from history prove how creative and dangerous they can be. Medieval weapons were exceptionally deadly, but so were the intense historic tools used by indigenous New Zealanders who date back as far as 1200 CE.
These strange weapons had varying degrees of efficacy, but certain people led the arms race. Ancient Chinese weapon makers, for example, had a type of ancient rocket technology. They were obviously formidable enemies. They hardly had a monopoly on destruction, though. Some of the most surprising historical weapons could still prove fatal in the 21st century.
The Aztec macuahuitl looked like a large paddle. However, the edges of the long wooden weapon were outfitted with pieces of sharpened obsidian. The metal was typically strong enough to decapitate a horse. Allegedly, Aztec soldiers used the macuahuitl to tear into enemies' throats between the 13th and 16th centuries. Those afflicted bled profusely.
Traditional katars sometimes had H-shaped handle and trigger mechanisms. During battle, the single blade could spring open into three separate points, making the armament like a claw. This Indian weapon, which dates from before the 19th century, was often used in hand-to-hand combat.
Nest Of Bees Arrows
Used by 14th-century Ming warriors, these arrows were a lot like primitive rocket launchers; no bees were actually used. A hexagonal tube typically held 32 individual rocket-propelled arrows, which could all be launched simultaneously at high speeds.
African Kpinga Throwing Knife
Azande warriors typically used this weapon in battle in the first half of the 18th century. Kpinga throwing knives were almost two feet long with three separate blades, and they were usually used within a range of about 30 feet. About three or four of these blades were brought into battle behind soldiers' shields, meaning Azande foes were often met with nasty surprises.
Also called the Hunga Munga, the throwing knife might also be included in a wedding dowry.