Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Weapon of the Day


Halberd

This polearm consists of a 6 foot long shaft with a multi-function head attached. The head is essentially a large crescent shaped axe head with a spike or hook on the reverse and a long spike extending from the top. Langets were often used to attach the head and protect the haft from damage. The halberd functions were chopping with the axe, using the hook to unhorse opponents or help pin them and the point could be used similar to a spear in stopping attacks. The axe blade is typically 8 inches long, the spike atop is up to 14 inches long and the reverse hook is extends several inches from the shaft. Overall the weapon averages 7’3” in length and weighs around 10.1lbs. The halberd originated in Europe. 


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