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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 (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. (talk) 19:11, 25 January 2013 (UTC)


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." So the Bill is listed both as a halberd and as not being a halberd. 2-10-12 — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 20:53, 2 October 2012 (UTC)


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. (talk) 18:23, 2 February 2013 (UTC)


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 (talk) 11:46, 30 September 2008 (UTC)


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. -- (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 ( begins by stating "The Lochaber axe is a type of halberd." — Preceding unsigned comment added by (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? (talk) 01:09, 4 May 2013 (UTC)