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Man At Arms: Art Of War - Ep5, New World Warriors

Last night on the El Rey Network, Danny Trejo hosted a new episode of ″Man At Arms: Art Of War″. This week′s edition was entitled, ″New World Warriors″. Yes, time to look at how the Aztec Indians fought. There was actually a news item about a discovery made at an Aztec site. Archeologists found a pile of some 650 human skulls, believed to be those of women and children. Similar piles have been found in the past, usually considered to be those of males. So, it would seem that the Aztecs were a tad more brutal and bloodthirsty than previously thought. Trejo and his team of craftsmen will undertake the construction and testing of two Aztec weapons, the atlatl and the macuahuitl.




The atlatl is a device used to throw spears further and with more power than with just a free hand. They would have a handle, usually made of carved bone on one end of a wooden shaft, and a ′hook′ on the other end, often made of bone and built to resemble a bird or snake. The spear is placed up against the hook, sometimes with a ′beak′ in the ′bird′ models, then aimed and tossed. The macuahuitl, often pronounced ′Ma-Ku-Wattle′, resembles a cricket bat with a series of obsidian blades attached on its edges. Obsidian is one of the hardest known substances in Nature, stronger than many grades of steel. Both weapons were often decorated, especially if used by ′high-born′ warriors.


Ferenc Gregor, the master carver at the Baltimore Knife Company forge, gets started on cutting and carving some alpaca bone for the atlatl, which is a traditional Aztec material for such weapons. Emilano Carrillo cuts the wood for the atlatl shaft, leaving a thicker, bulb-shaped end for the hook. Gregor will make the hook resemble a bird′s head, with a bone beak. Along with the bone handle at the front of the atlatl, he will also shape and carve other pieces of bone for decorative inlays. For the bird′s eyes, Ferenc will use turquoise gemstones. Once all is assembled, he will add use gold leaf to the atlatl, adding to its appearance.


Kerry Stagmer, the boss at BKC, starts cutting the wood for the macuahuitl while Rick Janney, a weapons maker, begins busting out some obsidian shards with a rock in traditional Aztec fashion. Once Rick gets enough pieces, he will work on them to develop a uniform shape and length. Matt Stagmer takes the cut wood and grinds out the channels on the edges of the macuahuitl, and he will also burn in an Aztec design on the broad sides of the weapon for decoration. Matt then helps Rick affix the obsidian blades in the channel, working a heat gun to soften some pitch glue which is spread inside the channels. Rick then positions the blades, holding them in place until the glue cools and hardens.


The atlatl is completed first and tested by Matt and martial artist/stuntman, Marco Zaror. Several spears were made for the atlatl, some with bone tips, others with obsidian tips. Marco tosses one spear with just his hand to see how far it would travel. His spear goes about 78 feet at a speed of 54MPH. Matt then tosses a spear using the atlatl. His spear travels 112 feet at a speed of 76 MPH. They both throw another spear at a target to test accuracy and force. Marco scores a better hit, delivering it with 70.9 pounds of force to Matt′s 67.8 pounds.


Next up is the macuahuitl. Matt tests its sharpness on a pig carcass, easily tearing into its flesh. Marco then uses the weapon against a ballistic torso topped off with a Conquistador helmet. He delivers several powerful blows on the dummy, all of them fatal kill hits. The obsidian blades are definitely quite sharp and rip deeply into the Conquistador. Marco′s blows register some 800 pounds of force, at a speed of about 25 MPH. So the Aztec weapons prove themselves as quite deadly. Next week, the weapons of the Egyptian Pharaohs.


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