Medieval or Modern?

A web visitor sent me these pictures of a weapon and she was hoping that I could shed some light on it. Is it actually very old? Or is it new? Let's take a look at some pictures to reveal how old it is.

First lets take a look at the full polearm. I have a much larger picture of the full length of it right here if you would like to take a look.



Full length picture of the polearm

Let's get a closer look at this polearm. This picture of the head of the weapon tells us a lot. Do you see any things that give it away? Is this medieval or modern?

The ball and the cone are clearly modern. These parts look like they were turned on a lathe. You can even see the ridge marks from lathe work right on the ball. What do you think. Does this make sense? They didn't have any lathes in the middle ages.


Okay, but those parts could have been added later. What about the big blades on this polearm. Is it possible that the rest of the weapon is authentic? This next picture tells us a lot. There are modern weld lines that weld the blades to the shaft of the polearm. That pretty much tells us everything we need to know. This is clearly modern made.


Let's take a look at one more thing. The various swaths of metal on this weapon are all very uniform in thickness. It appears that they all were cut from a piece of machine made sheet steel. If these pieces were made by a blacksmith they would have been made a bit thicker near the center where the handle is. That would be the right way to make them for strength. Each of these three large pieces would be individually hammered and shape to be a bit thicker where they connect to other pieces or the center piece. The absolute flatness of these pieces is a dead giveaway that this is a modern made weapon.

Let's close with one more thing - the ball that the top blade is mounted to.

That is a clear weakness in this weapon. I wouldn't want to be using the point of this weapon in a real life situation. That ball has two small joints, one above and one below, that could easily snap. So, the function of this as an actual weapon is questionable.

And you might say that this was just a ceremonial halberd. In that case we are not worried about function. But this doesn't look much like a ceremonial halberd. It would definitely have the remains of a polish on it. And it would most likely have ornamental work on it. This has none of that.

Okay, what do you think of my analysis? Can you add more to this? Do you have a reasonable opposition to my claims?

Send me an email!!



Copyright©2007-2019 Kalif Publishing - All Rights Reserved