Talk:Halberd

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Hammer[edit]

I've seen lot's of pole-arms with hammers on the opposite side of the hook. Are these halberds or a different weapon? Cameron Nedland 03:22, 30 January 2006 (UTC)

That sounds like a lucerne hammer or a pollaxe. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 79.138.127.79 (talk) 22:33, 4 August 2014 (UTC)

Removal request[edit]

  • The German Landsknechte, who imitated Swiss warfare methods, also used the pike, supplemented by the halberd, but their side arm of choice was the short sword known as the Katzbalger.[citation needed]

Citation indeed needed for "who imitated Swiss warfare methods". It's unsubstantiated. I request removal of that interjection.89.166.233.9 (talk) 19:11, 25 January 2013 (UTC)

Variants[edit]

The naginata would seem to be more of a glaive than a halberd, no? Edededed 02:40, 5 May 2006 (UTC)

Agreed. Domcintosh 14:26, 21 August 2006 (UTC)

Hi all. The nominclature of staff weapons is not fixed and different things are called differently depending on the author.

Generally, a halbard is a two handed weapon whose working end has an axe blade on one side and a hook on the other. The head is surmounted by a spike or spear head. Whoopsie. It is not necessarily a "hook". It can be distinctly spikeish.

The object referred to with a hammer head is properly referred to as a war hammer. A one handed version would properly be called a horseman's hammer. Incitatus 8/27/06

According to the German wiki "Englische Begriffe für die militärische Hippe waren English bill, bill hook oder bill-guisarme." http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hippe_%28Waffe%29 So the Bill is listed both as a halberd and as not being a halberd. 2-10-12 — Preceding unsigned comment added by 86.52.115.139 (talk) 20:53, 2 October 2012 (UTC)

Illustration[edit]

The picture shows the distinctly non-halbard partizen on the far right. I can't figure out how to edit the caption.Incitatus 18:48, 27 August 2006 (UTC)

Actually, they are neither halberds nor partisans but voulges. Do not know how to edit the picture either. 87.212.52.128 (talk) 18:23, 2 February 2013 (UTC)

Goedendag[edit]

The link "goedendag" links to a morning star. Funny that it is in the section of weapons oftenly mistaken for halberds. A morning star is often mistakenly called "goedendag". While a goedendag is a totally different weapon and nothing like a halberd. I also doubt that anyone could ever mistake a morning star for a halberd. So I removed the entery.

Bobby Siecker - 9-30-2008 —Preceding unsigned comment added by 83.83.240.189 (talk) 11:46, 30 September 2008 (UTC)

Ji[edit]

Ji is both in the "Types of halberds" and "Commonly mistaken for halberds" sections. Someone needs to figure out which it belongs in and remove it from the other. --69.233.69.117 (talk) 02:14, 8 May 2009 (UTC)

Lochaber axe[edit]

Lochaber axe is listed in "Weapons often mistaken for halberds", yet the entry for it (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lochaber_axe) begins by stating "The Lochaber axe is a type of halberd." — Preceding unsigned comment added by 80.222.111.136 (talk) 12:07, 30 September 2012 (UTC)

The 4th illustration[edit]

The text says: "Halberds: A) 1450 ; B) 1384 and C) 1500. These are not halberds but often are mistaken for halberds." So which is it: are these halberds or are they other weapons often mistake for halberds? 99.232.62.96 (talk) 01:09, 4 May 2013 (UTC)