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Christopher Finneman




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PostPosted: Wed 04 Feb, 2009 1:10 pm    Post subject: GDFB Halberd and pole axe head.         Reply with quote

Hello there

Does anyone have any insight on the GDFB Pole axe and halberd head. They look decent from the pics Ive seen and seem to be a good price. But I just want to know what steel they are made of and are they usable i.e. cutting pumkins or just random physical test.
If any of you know your comments would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks for your Time
Christopher

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Ed Toton




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PostPosted: Wed 04 Feb, 2009 1:41 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I still have yet to haft mine, so obviously I haven't tried them out yet. But they seem well constructed and sturdy. I'm not sure what type of steel they are, but on the whole, they seem to be a good deal for the money.

I'd love to hear from someone who has had a chance to try them out.

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PostPosted: Mon 12 Jul, 2010 10:45 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Just got a GDFB poleaxe head in the mail today. As others have said, some rough welds, but OK.

Also in the mail was a copy of the 1962 Mann Wallace Collection catalogue. Opened this up, and there it was, on plate 150 (A926), the pole-axe that the GDFB is a copy of. The GDFB side-spikes are much narrower, and it has 4 round holes arranged in a cross rather than a single cruciform hole as on (at least on one side of) the original. The original also has brass inlay on the axe blade, which isn't visible in the picture. Well, you can imagine it is there, after having read the description, but without the description it may as well not be there.

Interestingly, on the very next page (plate 151) is a halberd head, A952, which looks like it might have been the model for the GDFB halberd head. This has longer langets, and a diamond-section point, but very similar overall appearance.

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