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Are you interested in historical weapons? Than you surely know pole weapons that were traditionally used by infantry. It is a steel weapon attached to a wooden pole. You can find lances, halberds, glaives, spears, pollaxes, forks, hammers and spear spikes in this category.
Pole weapons are classified as bladed stabbing and cutting weapons. A pole weapon or pole-arm is a close combat weapon in which the main fighting part of the weapon is fitted to the end of a long shaft, typically of wood, thereby extending the user's effective range. They were used for hunting and fighting. They were traditionally used by foot soldiers.
The modern lance usually had metal point on a long wooden pole. The lance is a very old weapon. It was developed more than thousand years ago. It was used in combats for a long time. However, it was not as effective as during the Napoleonic wars. Last attack with lances took place in 1939 when Poland was attacked by Polish Cossacks.
The halberd is another important pole weapon. A significant progress was achieved on battlefields thanks to the invention of the halberd. This weapon could knock down from the saddle even a heavy cavalry rider. A shaken rider could then be killed by foot soldiers easily. The halberd sometimes determined the result of a battle. Further halberd-like weapons were invented. Different types of steel weapons were attached to long poles / shafts. However, the lances were most often used as infantry weapons.
In the case of hand-forged blades, our blacksmith takes the already rolled spring steel and forges it by hand on the anvil or under the drop hammer. The steel gets more solid (denser) by forging. In the case of industrially rolled spring steel blades, the sheets of steel plate is cut to strips under drop snips, then ground or milled and immediately forged into the annealing furnace and oil-quenched. The properties of both kinds of steels are not very different, since industrial rolling is already very good! On forged blades are usually blacksmith marks, which give them an authentic and unique look.