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Jeff Cierniak




Location: NE United States
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PostPosted: Wed 30 Dec, 2020 8:07 am    Post subject: Triangular Cross Section Spear Heads?         Reply with quote

Hello All,

Are there any examples of triangular cross section spear heads in Europe? I know of the Japanese Yari of course, which is why I ask. I have a Yari (blade by Kris Cutlery when they used to do that sort of thing) that my dad and I put together which I've been using to practice spear/lance technique and I was wondering if there is an equivalent.

I know that there are slender square cross section European spear heads, which is functionally similar in my opinion. I'm also not planning on putting holes in anybody, so it doesn't totally matter, just curious. I also know that there are some spear typologies out there but my search didn't come up with much useful.

Thanks!
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Andrew Gill





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PostPosted: Mon 04 Jan, 2021 1:52 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Hi Jeff

Not exactly a spear, but a lot of European socket bayonets had triangular or v-shaped blades.

I think that in earlier periods in Europe, square or very narrow diamond was much more common, though I have a vague, unreliable memory of rare triangular section pike heads.

Regards

Andrew
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Anthony Clipsom




Location: YORKSHIRE, UK
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PostPosted: Mon 04 Jan, 2021 2:16 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Jean de Wavrin describes Flemish pikeheads of the 1470s as having three edges.

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four or five thousand fellows sent from Flanders, each having a sallet, jacket, sword and pike or a long lance with a slender shaft and a long sharp spear-head, cutting on three sides.

Anthony Clipsom
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Jeff Cierniak




Location: NE United States
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PostPosted: Mon 04 Jan, 2021 1:11 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Thanks, gents! That's good enough for my purposes at the time.
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