In reality the goedendag is nothing else but a sturdy, chest length wooden staff, slightly thicker at the top, on which an iron
pin is fastened, fixed with an iron ring. This weapon is shown on the Chest of Courtrai and can be seen on the reproductions of the now disappeared frescos
of the Leugemeete in Ghent. Also some archaeological finds of the weapon give us an insight in its construction. The wood on these has perished ages ago,
except for some traces on the bottom one.
The goedendag is a simple and therefore cheap weapon. It was much used during the late 13th and early 14th century in
Flanders and proved to be a most effective weapon. The goedendag was used as a club in the first place. Afterwards it was possible to thrust with it.
So it had kind of a double feature.
Most probable reconstruction drawing of a goedendag. Total length about 1 meter 35.
After the Battle of the Golden Spurs it was said that a Fleming with his goedendag would dare to fight against two knights
on horse. Before this battle a knight was considered to be able to fight ten soldiers on foot.