The guisarme was one of many weapons that originated from farming implements. In this case, the guisarme was originally born as a pruning hook. It allowed foot-soldiers to pull horsemen form their saddles, evening out the fight. Unfortunately, once the horseman was off his horse, the early guisarmes were helpless. They were later fitted with a spike, so that the weapon could also be used for direct attack. Since the guisarme was essentially a curved hook, it appeared as an accessory on other weapons, such as the bill-guisarme, volgue-gisarme, or glaive-guisarme.