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Polearms

This page features examples of polearms we have made in the past.  If you would like a similar piece, please check the Ordering page for important information about contacting us and starting a commission.

Quartet of Pole Hammers

These fully-custom, fully functional pole hammers were made for an instructor in Historical European Martial Arts. They were designed for low-speed sparring and stage combat, so the spikes were left more robust and blunted for safety. The face of each hammer is mushroomed and rounded for a large, smooth surface. The hammers have four mounting holes on either side to ensure a tight fit. The heads are made of 1080 steel while the langets are mild steel.  Each also includes a pyramidal buttcap made from mild steel.

The specifications are as follows:
Overall Length: 25 inches (unmounted)
Length of Top Spike: 8 inches
Head Length: 8 inches
Length of Back Spike: 4 inches
Length of Hammer Poll: 3 inches
Socket Size: 1 inch (square)
Weight: 2.9 pounds

Light War Hammer

This light hammer was inspired by those typically used by medieval horsemen. The head was forged from a railroad spike and features a flat hammer face and sharp back spike. The haft is steel pipe for a lightweight but durable, fully-functional piece. The grip is situated between two steel rondels and wrapped in tan suede leather.

The specifications are as follows:
Overall Length: 21 inches
Head Length: 6 inches
Hammer Head Length: 2 inches
Spike Length: 3.25 inches
Weight: 1 pound

War Hammer

This hammer was made as a prize for a contest on Sword Buyers Guide.  The head was forged from a ball-peen hammer.  The haft is red oak and has been flattened on both sides for a secure grip.  The head was both pinned and wedged onto the haft to ensure a tight fit.
 
The specifications are as follows:
Overall Length: 19.25 inches
Head Length: 5 inches
Haft Length: 18 inches
Haft Diameter: 1.13 inches
Weight: 1.1 pounds

War Hammer

The head of this simple hammer was forged from 1080 steel.  The hammer poll and spike feature square cross sections.  The haft is hardwood which was carefully burned with a torch to accent the grain and then rubbed with boiled linseed oil.
 
The specifications are as follows:
Overall Length: 20 inches
Head Length: 4.75 inches
Haft Length: 18 inches
Haft Diameter: 1.13 inches
Weight: 1.2 pounds

Roman Pilum

The pilum was a javelin used by the legions of ancient Rome. The pyramidal tip and narrow shank of the head allowed it to penetrate shields and armor more easily than the leaf-bladed designs used by other armies of the period. The head was usually made of soft iron, although the true reason for this is debated by current experts.
This piece features a head of unhardened mild steel which somewhat mimics the properties of the original iron pila. It is attached to the ash haft with two steel pins, as can be seen in the first picture. The top of the haft has been wrapped in waxed cord to help increase the strength of the tapered area and mask the pins.
The specifications are as follows:
Overall Length: 72.5 inches
Head Length: 20 inches
Haft Length: 52.5 inches
Haft Diameter: 1.13 inches
Point of Balance: 35 inches from tip
Weight: 1.96 pounds