Maul. A maul is a heavy-headed hammer with a long handle made of wood, lead, or iron. Archers used the maul extensively throughout the 15th and 16th centuries. English longbowmen are reported as employing lead mauls at the Battle of Agincourt, originally as a tool to drive in stakes but later as improvised weapons. The maul was particularly useful in breaking through the armor of your opponent.
They were very effective at battering down castle gates and doors and at paving stones from which to shoot arrows. But they were also large and heavy and so not suitable for close-quarter fighting. They could also be dangerous if not used properly: an archer who failed to pull the string back after firing his arrow could have it remain locked in the bow, giving his enemy time to attack. Also, because they were made of metal, if an attacker had a knife he could use it against you. However, since they were usually only used as a last resort, this danger rarely arose.
The maul was first used at the battle of Agincourt (1415). It was probably not the only reason why King Henry V's archers were so successful that day, but it does show how useful a tool it was. At the end of the 15th century, English longbowmen employed leaden mauls at the battle of Blore Heath (1486) to break down the gates of the French fortress there.
Maul (noun): a large, long-handled hammer used in warfare or for breaking logs by smashing a wedge into them.
The maul is most commonly seen in war films where it is used to smash through walls or doors. It can also be used to beat down opponents or drive posts into the ground.
In modern culture, the term "maul" has taken on a more general meaning and is often used as a verb, meaning "to beat vigorously". For example, one might say that someone's handiwork was done "mulishly" or that something was "mulled over" to consider all aspects of an issue before making a decision.
Mauls were originally designed for use in battle. The word comes from the Germanic words mahle meaning "war club" and australe meaning "eastward", because these were the directions in which they were wielded. They were usually made of iron with a wood handle, although some stone mauls have been found in Europe. Modern versions are manufactured according to certain specifications set out in military manuals during World War II.
A maul can refer to any of several huge hammers, such as: A medieval weapon is a war hammer. A sledgehammer is a sort of post maul. A spike maul is a hand instrument used on railroads. A splitting maul is a strong wood-splitting implement that looks like a cross between an axe and a hammer.
The word "maul" comes from the Old English maol, which means "mallet." This in turn comes from the Latin mola, meaning "mass." As you can see, a maul is exactly what you would expect it to be: a heavy mass used for pounding nails or other objects.
In modern carpentry, a maul is any large hammer similar to a sledgehammer. These are used to drive many kinds of fasteners, such as screws and metal staples. The term is most often used to describe a hammer with a thick, solid head designed to produce a strong impact.
Some examples of mauls include door mauls, window mauls, and framing mauls. All of these tools are used for driving various types of fasteners into wood frames or other structures. Door mauls are large hammers used for driving carriage bolts through door frames. Window mauls are used for driving staples into wooden windowsills and moldings. Framing mauls are special hammers used for driving 2x4s and other long pieces of stock during construction projects.