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Wesley Nilsen




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PostPosted: Mon 16 Jul, 2012 11:50 am    Post subject: What is a hand-gisarme, or glavelot?         Reply with quote

I can't remember ever hearing of hand-gisarmes in any place other than Howard Pyle's book Men of Iron. It's described as a weapon with sword-like blade one palm wide, eight palms long, and riveted to a shaft of wood three feet long. I've searched the Internet and found no pictures or even just a random mention of the weapon. What is it??
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PostPosted: Mon 16 Jul, 2012 12:40 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Search for the term "Guisarme". http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guisarme
1 palm means 3 cm or 9,6 cm: http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alte_Ma%C3%9Fe_u...erlande%29

Rem.: 1 inch means 2,54 cm.
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PostPosted: Mon 16 Jul, 2012 12:58 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Probably something similar to the weapons depicted in the thread "Medieval Falx?".


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Ron Reimer




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PostPosted: Tue 17 Jul, 2012 3:15 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

If the description was earlier I'd say try looking at a Dacian falx.But in the middle ages you could be looking at a fauchard or similar type of weapon.There are large chopping weapons of this type in the 'Mac" bible and in other illuminations from the middle ages, inc. Matthew Paris's(?) Goliath.
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Michael R. Mann




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PostPosted: Tue 17 Jul, 2012 4:21 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

In this case also the search for "Glaive" could be usefull, although this term is not direct mentioned.
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PostPosted: Thu 26 Jul, 2012 12:22 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Couldn't it simply be a fictional weapon?
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