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This is a specialized thrusting spear which first appeared in Germany or Bohemia during the early Renaissance (circa 1400). Possibly a development of the Iron Age “angon”, which itself appears to be a dual purpose (melee / missile) offshoot of the Roman pilum, a specialized javelin. The hardened, long, narrow steel thrusting tip had the dual advantages of excellent penetration and being difficult to cut through. The Ahlspiess is a two handed weapon which also features a roundel to protect the users hand. A very effective weapon particularly against armoured opponents, although no as versatile as a halberd.
Ahlspiess, Austrian, 15th Century
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