Pictures of warriors wielding these weapons are common in codices from the time of the Spanish conquest in Mexico. However, only one authentic macuahuitl was preserved after the invasion, and it was destroyed by a fire in the 19th century.
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The Aztecs fought with blades made of obsidian, which can be harder than steel. 00:38
The macuahuitl combined razor-sharp edges with the heft of a club. 01:09
The blunt side of the macuahuitl was probably used to subdue captives. 01:54