The RUST Mace is an early-game harvesting tool that remains relevant until replaced by more efficient tools in RUST.
As a tool, you can use a mace to harvest animal carcasses for Cloth, Leather, Meat, Bone Fragments, and Animal Fat. Using an item such as the Combat Knife performs this task more efficiently and results in a better yield, but the longsword will work in a pinch.
As a weapon, the mace does a substantial amount of damage in one long, labored swing. Missing when fighting someone with a more forgiving, faster swinging weapon can be devastating, so ensure that when you swing the mace, you impact. This weapon is decent at smashing barrels, but due to its limited damage, it requires 2 swings instead of a single swing to destroy the more durable blue barrel type.