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Halberd and Naginata Definitions


A weapon of the 1400s and 1500s having an axelike blade and a steel spike mounted on the end of a long shaft.


A traditional Japanese halberd: a polearm historically used to cut down infantry and cavalry.


A two-handed pole weapon, consisting of a long pole with an axe-like blade mounted on it (at a right angle like an axe, not on the tip like a spear), and (opposite the blade) typically a spike or hook.


An ancient long-handled weapon, of which the head had a point and several long, sharp edges, curved or straight, and sometimes additional points. The heads were sometimes of very elaborate form.


A pike fitted with an ax head

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