Baker: "Of the Zande [of North Africa] weapons, I think my favorite is the Kpinga. It
Zande Kpinga bladesThis close-up of oddly shaped knives reveals the workmanship that went into re-creating the historic weapons for "Deadliest Warrior."
Comanche weapons collection
From left to right: Comanche war club, quiver of arrows, flat bow, rawhide shield, and war hawk.
David Baker: "The Comanche weapons are all basic and effective. The war club delivers a devastating blow. The war hawk, with its sharp steel head, is easily used on the ground or from horseback."
Rajput warrior weaponsFrom Left to right: Katar, scissor Katar, shield for the Katar, Khanda sword (sheathed), Khanda sword (unsheathed), and Chakram.
David Baker: "The Rajput [of India] showed an amazing talent for designing fearsome and deadly weapons, and those that we used and tested are some of the best in the arsenal. The Katar and scissor Katar are punch daggers on steroids. The Khanda sword has a straight, double-edged blade and is one of the most powerful swords we have ever tested. The Chakram is a simple steel circle with a sharp edge--once thrown, all your opponent can do is try their best to get out of the way."
Spartan shield, Greek Kopis, Chinese broadsword
David Baker: "The Spartan shield is a laminate of hardwood and leather with a thin bronze skin hammered over the face. It
Ming warrior's Nest of Bees"The Nest of Bees was probably one of our most memorable weapons," David Baker said. "All in all, it's a very simple design--strap a small rocket to an arrow and let it go. Not very accurate by itself, but when combined with 25 other rocket powered arrows, it puts on quite a show. Tactically, for its time it would have sent fear into any army facing it."
Mixed weaponry from Spike TV's "Deadliest Warrior includes from left to right: Zulu war club, Zulu throwing stick, Celtic longsword, Celtic shield, Burta war club, and Mongol nace.
David Baker: "The Zulu war club is a simple weapon of found material, consisting of a flexible stick with a hardwood head attached, or sometimes a stick of wood with the root ball still attached. These would be fire hardened and shaped."
Roman Centurions armor and Gladius swordDavid Baker: "The Roman Gladius was the sword that created an empire. The basics of the weapon didn't change much for a thousand years. The thinking there was, if it works, don't fix it. That, combined with the armor, made the Roman Centurions an almost unbeatable force."
Vlad the Impaler's weaponsFrom left to right, a shield, steel crossbow, crossbow bolts, and hand cannon.
David Baker: "The steel crossbow is so powerful it needed mechanical assistance to draw, and in trained hands, it is deadly accurate with a long range. The hand cannon was an early and very effective use of gun powder in the West. It was easy to use and delivered a great amount of force. It wasn
Ming armor with Mongol swordsDavid Baker: "The Ming armor is made of boiled leather with a bronze or iron plate riveted over it. This gave it a certain amount of flexibility, as opposed to a solid piece of armor. The Mongol sword is basically a Ming Dao sword but with an extended handle, by a hand and a half. It has a wider, heavier chopping blade, designed to be used both on horseback and on foot."
Ivan the Terrible's saberDavid Baker says that Ivan the Terrible's saber "is another one of my favorite weapons. The design of the saber is one of the earliest curved sabers used in the West and became the dominant design for the military saber for the next 300 years."
Crazy Horse Lakota war clubDavid Baker: "The war club really turned out to be a work of art. Jay Red Hawk, who was our Crazy Horse expert, shaped and sent over the stone head of the club. My assistant, Bryan Furtell, then soaked and sewed rawhide around the head and handle in traditional fashion, using sinew. The whole thing took several days to dry."
Lawrence of Arabia's Jambia knifeDavid Baker notes that Lawrence of Arabia's Jambia knife is a traditional blade among the desert tribes. "The heavy cure of this knife makes it ideal for slashing-type cuts," he said.
Hannibal Falcata swordDavid Baker: "The Falcata is one of my favorite swords. It's a great cutter, short enough to get up close in a fight, has enough weight in its tip to deliver a crushing blow, with a sharp enough point for a thrust.
"It owes its design to the Greek Kopis, a weapon the Carthaginians knew well, but with the added benefit of superior metals, making it larger and stronger. It's a great weapon from foot or from horseback. I forged the blade from a 1 3/4-inch-by-1/4-inch bar of high carbon steel, drawing the head of the blade into a convex profile so it would cut more like a knife than an axe."