Maori Patu

Guttman, Jon
July 2008
Military History;Jul/Aug2008, Vol. 25 Issue 3, p21
The article describes the hand tool called Maori patu. The patu is the signature weapon of Polynesian settlers in New Zealand during the second millennium. The weapon is characterized as a short, flat, usually double-edged club for close-quarters combat. The traditional patu was carved from bone, wood or stone, with a narrow handle and a broad head whose weight was concentrated in the narrow edges. Variations on the patu include the mere pounamu, made of New Zealand greenstone and regarded as a valuable heirloom.


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