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Carl Goff




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PostPosted: Wed 19 Apr, 2006 2:44 pm    Post subject: Arms & Armor Polearm Choice         Reply with quote

In the spirit of Craig's thread about Albion swords...assume you have enough money to let you pay off any outstanding debts and still have enough left over to choose any four polearms from Arms & Armor. What would you pick?

I believe I'd pick up the Knightly Pole Axe, the English Bill, the High Gothic Mace, and their 12th Century Spear.

Oh, East of sands and sunlit gulf, your blood is thin, your gods are few;
You could not break the Northern wolf and now the wolf has turned on you.
The fires that light the coasts of Spain fling shadows on the Eastern strand.
Master, your slave has come again with torch and axe in his right hand!
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PostPosted: Wed 19 Apr, 2006 3:03 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Just polearms? Well, definitely that Knightly Pole Axe! I'd also take the Italian Bill, High Gothic Mace, and the 12th C spear.
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Alexander Ren




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PostPosted: Wed 19 Apr, 2006 3:19 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Knightly Poleaxe
Danish Two Handed Axe
12th Century Spear
What about the custom polarms they just put out? If they are included then add the custom halberd they just made.

Alex

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PostPosted: Wed 19 Apr, 2006 4:18 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I think that I would go for their Sparth Axe/Berdiche - this shows up in the A&A pdf catalog, but not the on-line catalog.
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Alexander Ren




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PostPosted: Wed 19 Apr, 2006 4:28 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Steve Grisetti wrote:
I think that I would go for their Sparth Axe/Berdiche - this shows up in the A&A pdf catalog, but not the on-line catalog.


What does that look like? Big Grin

Alex

Edited: Oops, would have been smart of me to download the catalog from their website before I opened my big mouth. Laughing Out Loud

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PostPosted: Wed 19 Apr, 2006 4:35 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Alexander Ren wrote:
Steve Grisetti wrote:
I think that I would go for their Sparth Axe/Berdiche - this shows up in the A&A pdf catalog, but not the on-line catalog.


What does that look like? Big Grin

Alex

Edited: Oops, would have been smart of me to download the catalog from their website before I opened my big mouth. Laughing Out Loud

Well, I have it handy - it's #032

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Alexander Ren




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PostPosted: Wed 19 Apr, 2006 4:38 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Thanks, nasty looking beast isn't it... Alex
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PostPosted: Wed 19 Apr, 2006 6:56 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Yow. That's absolutely vicious-looking. I'm tempted to swap out the Pole Axe in my first post for that.

Thanks for putting that up for us, Steve.

Oh, East of sands and sunlit gulf, your blood is thin, your gods are few;
You could not break the Northern wolf and now the wolf has turned on you.
The fires that light the coasts of Spain fling shadows on the Eastern strand.
Master, your slave has come again with torch and axe in his right hand!
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Chris Olsen




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PostPosted: Wed 19 Apr, 2006 7:31 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I would get the sparth axe as well
the german flail (it has a pole on it Laughing Out Loud )
the knightly pole axe
I would get a danish war axe but have then put langets on (I have a friend who did it and it looks awsome)
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PostPosted: Thu 20 Apr, 2006 4:55 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

The A&A Sparth Axe is a fantastic weapon. I like mine so much I'm planning to buy another one -- one for training (and occasional test-chopping) and one for admiring and polishing.... Big Grin
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PostPosted: Thu 20 Apr, 2006 11:40 am    Post subject: Re: Arms & Armor Polearm Choice         Reply with quote

Carl Goff wrote:
In the spirit of Craig's thread about Albion swords...assume you have enough money to let you pay off any outstanding debts and still have enough left over to choose any four polearms from Arms & Armor. What would you pick?

I believe I'd pick up the Knightly Pole Axe, the English Bill, the High Gothic Mace, and their 12th Century Spear.


Good poll. Wink

I'd go with the Danish War Axe, the Iberian Mace, the 12th Century Spear, and the Quarter Staff. As you might have guessed, the polearms and hafted weapons I am most interested in at the moment are either early or high medieval.
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PostPosted: Thu 20 Apr, 2006 12:26 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Knightly Poll Axe
High Gothic Mace
Friedrich IV Spear
Custom Partisan
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Charles G.





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PostPosted: Thu 20 Apr, 2006 2:33 pm    Post subject: Re: Arms & Armor Polearm Choice         Reply with quote

Carl Goff wrote:
In the spirit of Craig's thread about Albion swords...assume you have enough money to let you pay off any outstanding debts and still have enough left over to choose any four polearms from Arms & Armor. What would you pick?

I believe I'd pick up the Knightly Pole Axe, the English Bill, the High Gothic Mace, and their 12th Century Spear.


What I would really want is a slightly customized Knightly Pole Axe and slightly more customized High Gothic Mace. In both cases what I want is something that is a fairly precise reproduction of the original. Both of these weapons have some detail omissions, to wit:
1. On the pole axe, there is an inscription etched or engraved on the face of the "hammer" part of the weapon. Also, there are some decorative punchmarks that are omitted.
2. The mace lacks the inlayed latten (brass) strips that are on (I believe) each side of the hexagonal shaft. Also, the construction and shape of the hilt and grip is off.

I suspect they would want more to do these minor details then I could hope to pay. I would love to get semi-finished examples and do the labour intensive decorative work myself, but I doubt they would go for that.

As an aside, does anybody know how A&A currently makes the Gothic Mace? In the old days (80's) they would cast the head in steel, drill a hole in the bottom, tap it with 1/2"x13 NC threads, and then get a length of hexagonal bar, thread the end, tack weld a couple of discs to make the hilt, screw on the head, and then weld it in place. I get a sense that this remains unchanged except for details, but I do not know.

NOte that the original was hilted in a manner similar to a sword, with a "crossguard" (or disc, in this case), grip, and "pommel" all peened together on the end of the shaft.
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PostPosted: Thu 20 Apr, 2006 4:00 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Just call me sadistic but I love the

1) Knightly pole axe (definately top choice!!)

Then . . .

2) Danish war Axe
3) Horseman's axe
4) Sparth axe (originally my fourth choice would have been the Hungarian axe)

Thanks for reminding me, I wanted to go ahead and order one of these babies Happy!


Helen
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PostPosted: Thu 20 Apr, 2006 6:42 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Helen Miller wrote:
Just call me sadistic

Okay, you are sadistic. But that's just one of the many reasons that we are friends. Big Grin We have SO much in common. (And I"ll be so jealous if you do order one of those.) Razz Cool

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PostPosted: Thu 20 Apr, 2006 9:48 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

OK, I'll bite.

Knightly Pole Axe - the ultimate must have!
Hungarian Axe - I have Hungarian blood in me
Custom Glaive w/ integral cross - real nasty and real beautiful
Italian Bill - just too pretty Laughing Out Loud and the best Bill I've ever seen

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PostPosted: Sat 22 Apr, 2006 6:53 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Of the larger pole arms I have the Danish War Axe and the 12th Century Spear, of the smaller polearms I have the spiked mace and the flail.

I am very attracted to the Italian Bill with 7 foot pole, the new Custom Glaive with integral Cross, Knightly Pole axe and the Custom Halberd on a 7 foot pole would be my 4 choices provided I had the money of which at this time unfortunately I do not.

The Danish War Axe is a real beauty and I love the way it handles. The 12th Century Spear was my very first purchase in the realm of swords and medieval weapons so it is very special to me as is the German Bastard Sword (not of topic) as it was my very first sword. I like the Sparth Axe a lot too and almost bought one, but that is just a matter of time.

Oh to have the cash!

Bob
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