The Unknown Polearm
This is a very interesting polearm. The pictures were sent in by a web visitor who received this as a gift. He is having trouble identifying it and I thought you might want to give it a shot! It's almost a bardiche but as you can see the lower end of the blade doesn't connect the pole. And with such a long blade I wouldn't categorize it as a poleaxe. They typically had a shorter and stouter blade. I have a page that shows drawings of all different kinds of polearms. You can check out that page if you want a little help in classifying this one. Medieval Polearms
Note: The most likely categorization of this weapon was submitted by a web visitor: (Spivey). He classifies it as a Voulge-Guisarmes. And he is probably right. It has a broad blade like a voulge and also like a voulge it is broadly attached via the bottom portion of the blade. And it has the characteristics of a Guisarme because of the disarming hooks. So we might have a winner here.
Update on this medieval weapon: I got an email from a web visitor (Jake) who has found this exact shape and size weapon in other places. They call it a Halberd/Voulge . I will include some links so you can see more of them. Now I just have to verify the authenticity of this. It could just be some kind of a modern weapon. Or it could be an actual centuries old configuration. Dunno yet. My thanks go to Jake for this great bit of information!
Here is what the owner (Nathan) has to say about it:
There are no markings, engravings, numbers or smithing marks or symbols on the weapon anywhere.
In this first picture you can see that the blade is held to the pole with three brass rivets and two leather straps. This weapon is almost a bardiche but not quite. That is because the bottom of the blade does not connect to the handle.
Here is a good look at the blade.
It looks like there are some sword nicks in the blade. I wonder if this weapon saw some action.
A Closeup. The wood might be oak and the blade is definitely not stainless steel.
Ok, Here is an overall view of the weapon
Here is an overall view of the whole polearm. It is approximately 5 feet and ten inches in length.
If you can identify this weapon::