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The Bardiche

The bardiche was a poled weapon that had a slicing blade on the end. There were some important design aspects that made it a bardiche rather than some of the other type of bladed pole weapons.

Typically the Bardiche blade was very long- as long as two feet. And it was typically attached to the handle at two points as shown in the illustration on the left.

It was one of the shortest polearms with a staff usually only about five feet in length. This may have been due to the size and weight of the axe head.

It came to prominence and saw use in Europe and Russia in the 16th and 17th Centuries.

The Bardiche, although a polearm, is often considered not to be one because of its short size. Many polearms used the forceful swing of a long handle to deliver power but the bardiche relied more on the weight and size of the axe head to deliver its blows.

 

Two bardiches

This picture shows two bardiches in a museum. The bardiches are on the ends. In the middle is a flail.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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