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Blunt, Blade, Piercing, Military, Polearm, Latin Europe
The pollaxe (aka pole axe, poleaxe, poll axe, hache) is obviously quite similar to the halberd (see Halberd) with which it does overlap, (it is arguably a direct descendant) but there are some key differences. Pollaxes are typically much shorter than halberds, averaging around 6’-7’ long, tend to be a bit lighter as well. Some pollaxes are made so that the blades are riveted on to the haft in pieces in a specific type of modular design allowing different parts to be removed and swapped out, whereas halberds were usually forged of one piece.
German, Gothic pollaxe, early 16th C German pollaxe, late 16th C
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