AXES, MACES and POLEARMS
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AXES AND MACES
The Axe and the Mace are among the oldest weapons known to humankind and have appeared in every culture and in every age where man was capable of crafting tools. Despite the cutting edge of the axe and the bladelike protrusions on some maces, these weapons could do more than just cut and were exceptionally well designed to break and crush.
Please note that these weapons are replicas of weapons designed to destroy opposing armor, shields or anything else they might encounter. Without proper training even these blunted stage combat weapons will do exactly that to anything they strike. A qualified fight director will know how to properly instruct your actors. Unless designated one of a kind we stock several of the listed type with slight variations in haft or blade. Be sure to call in advance to check on availability or with specific inquiries.
From the crudest Stone Age spear to the German "Man-catcher" of the 17th century, polearms have evolved through hundreds, if not thousands, of greatly diverse designs. The primary reason for their proliferation was directly related to its basic form and the advantage that it gave to its wielder: Pole arms were long weapons that allowed you to strike your opponent before they could strike you!
We do not recommend having complete pole arms shipped as the cost is generally prohibitive, although local theatres are certainly welcome to pick them up fully mounted. An alternative is to rent only the head and/or counterweight and then mount on your own haft. See our weapon care page for information regarding this procedure.Be sure to call in advance to check on availability or with specific inquiries.
(4 week minimum)
|Halberd with counterweight||90 inches overall; 7 pounds.
The pole-arm made famous by the Swiss in the early European Renaissance. Halberds remained ceremonial weapons long after they ceased to be used on the battlefield.
|Halberd, head and counterweight only||See our weapon care page for information about mounting on your own haft.||$7.50|
|Partisan with counterweight||90 inches overall; 7 pounds.
The Partisan was essentially a spear with wing-like protrusions at the base of the spear blade. It is famously referenced by Marcellus in Hamlet; “Shall I strike at it with my partisan?” Hamlet Act I, scene 1.
|Partisan, head and counterweight only||See our weapon care page for information about mounting on your own haft.||$7.50|
|Fauchard||53 inches; 4 ½ pounds; one of a kind
The fauchard was originally an agricultural tool and has been in use for more than 1,000 years. It was used primarily to clear underbrush but it was slowly adapted for war (often with the addition of spikes) as more and more peasants were forced into service. The cutting edge was on the concave side.
This model is a modern version more commonly called a “brush hog.”
|Greek Spear with butt spike||80 inches overall; 3 ¾ pounds.
The quintessential weapon of the Greek Hoplite complete with butt spike that was used as both counterweight and back-up weapon if the spear head was broken off.
|Greek Spear, head and butt spike only||See our weapon care page for information about mounting on your own haft.||$7.50|
|Viking Spear||72 inches overall; 2 ½ pounds.
This spear is antiqued to look like hand forged iron with “Viking” designs engraved on the socket. The protruding “wings” would possibly serve to deflect attacks but would also keep the spear from penetrating too deeply into an enemy’s body.
|Viking spear, head only||See our weapon care page for information about mounting on your own haft.||$7.50|
|Viking Throwing Spear||60 inches overall; 1 ½ pounds.
A Viking would carry several lighter spears (javelins) for throwing at an enemy before closing to hand to hand range.
|Viking Throwing Spear, head only||See our weapon care page for information about mounting on your own haft.||$5|