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Armorer

The typical medieval armorer was a high-end blacksmith. Since being an armorer was a skilled trade that required a lot of custom work, the prices fetched for armor enabled a much better lifestyle than that of a typical blacksmith, if the work was good enough.

Armorers would receive orders from nobility or knights, and custom make a suit of armor to fit that exact person. If the armor was damaged, the armorer would also repair it. Nobles and knights weren't the only people with armor, however, and the armorer would serve the lower classes as well, especially in times of war.

What did an armorer make? Click here!

Polearms

Polearms were a very common, although not all that glamorous, part of the middle ages. Even while the sword is seen as the classic weapon, polearms were ubiquitous due to their low cost and impressive effect. Many polearms look like farm implements at the end of a long pole - many were the actually just that! This made them the ideal weapon for a rapidly assembling an army - call the farmers and tell them to bring their pitchforks and pruning hooks!

Generic Bardiche Bec De Corbin
Angon
Bardiche
Bec De Corbin
Generic Brandistock Corseque
Bohemian Ear Spoon
Brandistock
Corseque
Generic Doru Falx
Danish Axe
Doru
Falx
Fauchard Glaive Guisarme
Fauchard
Glaive
Guisarme
Spear Generic Lances
Javelin
Kontos
Lance
Military Fork Partisan Pike
Military Fork
Partisan
Pike
Generic Quarterstaff Ransuer
Pollax
Quarterstaff
Ransuer
Generic Generic Generic
Rhomphaia
Sarissa
Sovnya
Spear Spontoon Generic
Spear
Spontoon
War Hammer
Generic Xyston
War Scythe
Xyston

References:
http://deadliestwarrior.wikia.com/wiki/Xyston
http://housebarra.com/EP/ep07/09angon.html
http://www.dagorhir.com/HowTo/glaivefighting.htm
http://www.trocadero.com/stores/101antiques/items/464364/item464364.html
http://www.armouronline.com/encyclopedia_of_historical_weapons/168/polla...
http://talhoffer.blogspot.com/2009/05/what-is-pollaxe.html - great diagram
http://www.warriors-wizards.com/pollaxe.htm
http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/poleax
http://www.tomsarazac.com/tom/Fun/polearms.html
http://www.middle-ages.org.uk/quarterstaff.htm
http://www.mlahanas.de/Greeks/LX/Sarissa.html
http://www.cleandungeon.com/article.php?anum=445
http://medieval.stormthecastle.com/armorypages/polearms/corseque.htm
http://www.cleandungeon.com/article.php?anum=432
http://www.mercwars.com/weapongloss.shtml
http://en.academic.ru/dic.nsf/enwiki/520509
http://www.patriotfiles.com/index.php?name=Sections&req=viewarticle&arti...
http://www.goantiques.com/detail,ear-polearm-16th,1242506.html
http://www.knightsedge.com/s-113-bec-de-corbin.aspx
http://medieval.stormthecastle.com/armorypages/polearms/brandistock.htm
http://www.netsword.com/ubb/Forum1/HTML/000460.html
http://medieval.stormthecastle.com/armorypages/polearms/sovnya.htm
http://pw1.netcom.com/~brlevine/milfork.htm
http://everything2.com/title/military+fork

The Mace

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A mace was a short, club-like weapon that inflicted heavy damage by sheer force, not cutting ability. The blunt hit of a mace could injure a warrior in chain mail, while a sword might not penetrate the same armor. Also, a well-placed mace blow could crush plate armor, while a sword blow would often deflect off of the smooth surface.

A flanged mace was a type of mace that had short projections from the head called flanges. These flanges could concentrate the force of the blow into a much smaller area, making it possible to break armor where a normal mace could not.

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