Glossary
ahlspiess: two-handed fighting spear with a long, square-sectioned spike fitted onto a wooden handle
arbir: a bladed staff; pointed wooden staff to which a wide, curved blade is attached
awl pike: polearm with a long square-sectioned spike on the end
beaked axe: polearm with a beak mounted opposite the blade
Bec de Faucon: The spike or curved fluke behind the mail.
bill: polearm derived from an agricultural tool; consists of a broadly hooked blade mounted on a wood shaft
brandestoc: two-handed polearm with a long, double-edged blade concealed in the handle
catch pole: forked polearm
Croix: The area between the lead hand and the head of the weapon.
Dague: The top spike
Demy Hache: The shaft between the hands
falcastra: consists of a straight, single-edged blade with a hook or point opposite the edge
feather staff: walking stick with three concealed blades which could be brought into action by a downward jerk of the weapon; usually two-handed weapon
feruzue: staff consisting of a hollow wooden tube, inside which is hidden a chain attached to an iron ball
halberd: consisted of an axe blade mounted on a pole with a point opposing it; long thrusting point was part of the head so the weapon could be used to chop and thrust
hippe:14th century European halberd with a short, wide point
jedburg axe: Scottish polearm with a hook opposite the blade
kongo-zue: wooden staff with iron rings at the end; used with both hands
kumade: pole grapple with a three-pronged head
lajatang: bladed staff weapon; two large metal crescents, one on each end of shaft
langue de boeuf:(ox tongue) polearm with a broad, double-edged blade
lochaber axe: Scottish polearm with a broad blade and a hook mounted on the end of the shaft
lucerne hammer: European polearm with a long spike mounted atop a hammer with a four-pronged face and a single-pronged claw
Maille: The hammer head. A Poleaxe might also have a blade, but all the treatises that deal with the weapon show or refer to a hammer.
moon: polearm consisting of a crescent-shaped blade mounted so that its tips are facing the butt of the shaft
naboot: two-handed polearm weapon
parry: a deflection or block of an attack
poleaxe: any long-handled ax with a spike, hook, or hammer opposite the blade
quarterstaff: a stout, iron-tipped wooden staff, six to eight feet long. It was held by one hand at the middle and the other between the middle and an end
Queue: The area below the back hand. This can refer to that whole section of the shaft when used to strike, bind, deflect, etc. or to the bottom end when thrusting
romphaea: curved, double-edged blade mounted on a wooden staff
scaling fork: fork with a hook attached to it to aid in the scaling of walls
scorpion: European halberd with a narrow blade
scythe: European polearm made by mounting an agricultural tool in line with a wooden shaft
shakwo: two-handed polearm
spetum: European polearm with a long, narrow blade set between two curved side blades
spontoon: European half pike
sudis:12th century European pike
toyak: bladed staff that slashes
voulge: European polearm with a broad axe blade topped with a spike
yoribo: wooden Japanese staff used with both hands