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Military Fork

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The military fork was like a trident, but with only two tines. It was used against people, but also had other functions, such as raising ladders, making siege weapons, and raising supplies over ramparts. Having no barbs helped this weapon retain its non-violent usefulness, and it stayed in service form the fifteenth to the 19 century.

War Scythe

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Obviously farm-tool bred, this weapon was a scythe on the end of a pole, and looked similar to a fauchard. The scythe-blade was rotated ninety degrees from the agricultural version, however, extending the length somewhat.

Sovnya

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The sovnya was a Russian weapon. It was a simple design: a curved, sword-like blade at the end of a staff. It was actually used with Muscovite cavalry, and stayed in service until the 17th century.

Bec de Corbin

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The Bec de Corbin, or “crow’s beak,” was a long war-hammer like polearm used to tear armor apart. The was done with the “beak” side of the weapon, which was a small spike, curved and sharpened to do its job well. On the opposing side was a hammer. Unlike a typical warhammer, this hamer was flat, and usually only used as a counter-balance for the more effective “beak.”

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Bardiche

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The bardiche was was an extended axe with a long, curved blade. The lower side of the blade was attached to the shaft, while the upper side of the blade extended well past it. At about six feet long, it was comparatively short for a polearm. In most cases, a shorter weapon meant a weaker force of attack, but the bardiche made up for the length through its weight.

Bohemian Ear Spoon

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The Bohemian ear spoon was similar to a boar spear. It had a single point forward, and two “lugs” that projected from the sides. These points could be used to hamstring horses, cut or brab reins, and pierce armor.

Danish Axe

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The Danish axe was simply an axe-head mounted on a long pole. The axe-head was very thin, sharp, and dangerous. It weighed approximately two to four pounds, and was used throughout Europe by the Varangian Gaurds, and also used often by the Huscarls.

Fauchard

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The fauchard carried a curved blade similar to the guisarme. However, unlike the guisarme, the blade was sharpened on the concave side, producing an entirely new weapon. Later in history, spikes were added to the back or top of the blade itself to make the weapon more effective.

Kontos

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The kontos was a two-handed wooden spear used by the cataphracts. The name itself meant “barge-pole” in greek. Later, Romans would adopt a version they called the contus. The cataphracts would also use a single handed version like a lance, which they called the kontarion.

Falx

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Another weapon derived from farm implements was the falx. It was a sickle-shaped blade mounted on a three-foot wooden pole. The falx was used as a polarm, to attack opponents at long range, and could shear shields in two, or , barring that, pull them away from their bearers.

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