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Phil D.




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PostPosted: Fri 28 Feb, 2014 3:00 am    Post subject: Single Hand Pole Axe?         Reply with quote

Hi All,
One of my favorite weapons is the knightly pole axe as replicated by Arms and Armor. Both replicas and existing samples that I have seen are for two handed use. While browsing through myArmoury. I stumbled upon this pic which clearly depicts a knight with a short,single handed version. It doesn't seem very common so my question is...does anyone know of or have pics of any actual surviving examples..



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Danny Grigg





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PostPosted: Fri 28 Feb, 2014 5:04 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Here's a few more period illustrations showing 1 handed poleaxes.

http://www.wikipaintings.org/en/vittore-carpa...vidal-1514


See attached / below, from the "Battle of Auray by Jean Froissart"

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D. S. Smith




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PostPosted: Fri 28 Feb, 2014 7:39 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Very cool pictures you guys! I had no idea one handed pole-axes were made and used. I love the last link, where it clearly shows that the swords were just back-up weapons...still sheathed while they fought with poleaxe and shield. I wonder if it is artists interpretation, but some of the handles seemed to really vary in length. The longer ones looked like they could be used easily with two hands as well.
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Mark Moore




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PostPosted: Fri 28 Feb, 2014 4:19 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I did not know of these either. Sweet. I want one!.........McM
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D. Bell




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PostPosted: Fri 28 Feb, 2014 11:06 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Here is an example from Polands' Malbork Castle. Unfortunately I cannot recall who took the picture to credit them.


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