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Where to buy a decent polearm

Posted: Wed Aug 18, 2010 2:36 pm
by seesinsilhouette
Hi can anyone suggest a supplier of good quality polearms? Most that I've seen available online I wouldn't risk taking onto the field, even after blunting the sharp areas.

I've seen heads available without shaft ( I presume for ease of shipping). If I were to follow this route where could I source a shaft?

Finally for a 15th C commoner, are there any types of pole arm to avoid as being above my status?

Thanks

Re: Where to buy a decent polearm

Posted: Wed Aug 18, 2010 4:33 pm
by paul bennett
I can provide shafts

Re: Where to buy a decent polearm

Posted: Wed Aug 18, 2010 4:44 pm
by Phil the Grips
Andy Kirkham for heads- you'll have to find him in the real world tho' as he doesn't do computers. Search this site for a phone number.

You can't go wrong with a simple bill-head as it covers a large timeframe and was fairly common.

Re: Where to buy a decent polearm

Posted: Wed Aug 18, 2010 4:51 pm
by seesinsilhouette
thanks chaps. i shall try and contact andy once ive found a suitable design and then will send you a message paul

best wishes

michael

Re: Where to buy a decent polearm

Posted: Wed Aug 18, 2010 8:24 pm
by Marcus Woodhouse
I don't know who made my halberd but its still servicable after five years or so, I picked it up at the old Berkley Skirmish and the fella still sells them and I think he'll be at Bosworth this weekend.
Halberds are abit alien (but then I portray an alien) and late for WOTR, glaives and spears all cross boundries of class, bills are a bit common, pollaxes a bit posh, awl spikes, bardiche a bit weird and just for that numpty I keep seeing this year with a daneaxe thats really, really old (even for the backwaters of Europe).

Re: Where to buy a decent polearm

Posted: Thu Aug 19, 2010 9:45 am
by Sir Thomas Hylton
a full daneaxe is perhaps pushing the realms of believability somewhat even for someone born a little south of the Wall. But if I remember rightly axes were used on the field by a certain member of a certain family :wink:

But hey, if that person has the nerve & the confidence to carry a daneaxe & put up with all the ribbing I'm sure he's had, then why not.

But getting back onto topic

Yep that guy that always sells the shafts & polearms on the rack at most gigs produces some quite serviceable polearms. my Halberd has served me well enough. Though must say I've been borrowing poleaxes of late.

Must sort one of my own. :angel: :D

Re: Where to buy a decent polearm

Posted: Thu Aug 19, 2010 3:12 pm
by Brand
For a common soldier buy an old solid slasher head (bilhook with long cocket), gind the blade to 3mm thick and smooth, attach to a good pole- ta-dah a really great looking bill.

Better yet get a blacksmith to add a front and back spike!

OR/
If your at Hestmonceux see Les Nash- he's been making some nice sword glaives lately and his laminated poles are tougher than anything else!

Re: Where to buy a decent polearm

Posted: Fri Aug 20, 2010 8:39 am
by KedlestonCraig
Sir Thomas Hylton wrote:
Yep that guy that always sells the shafts & polearms on the rack at most gigs produces some quite serviceable polearms. my Halberd has served me well enough. Though must say I've been borrowing poleaxes of late.

Must sort one of my own. :angel: :D
I got a bill from him at Tewks last year - somone stood on the head during the battle and it bent.

This season, the head is no no longer attachd to the shaft after a moderator on this 'ere forum knocked it off :roll:

Re: Where to buy a decent polearm

Posted: Fri Aug 20, 2010 12:53 pm
by Captain Reech
KedlestonCraig wrote: I got a bill from him at Tewks last year - somone stood on the head during the battle and it bent.

This season, the head is no no longer attachd to the shaft after a moderator on this 'ere forum knocked it off :roll:
And you just HAD to buy that lovely shiny glaive to replace it, heartbreaking....

:devil:

Re: Where to buy a decent polearm

Posted: Fri Aug 20, 2010 1:06 pm
by Clarenceboy
Just try and get one thats forged and not slab and socket would be my only advice. Slab and socket is like cotton shirts and chrome tan leather, nearly right but a moden way of getting there

Re: WANTED: Where to buy a decent polearm

Posted: Tue Nov 02, 2010 2:19 pm
by Alice the Huswyf
<MODERATOR> Answer given are too useful to leave fro binning so I'm moving this to Period Specific 1100-1500 where more handy boy-tin-chat can take place

Re: Where to buy a decent polearm

Posted: Sun Nov 07, 2010 9:09 pm
by Cat
I think that the trader is Tony, of Celtic Moon. His blades tend to be good, I've had a spear and glaive from him which are both still going strong years on.
As far as man-at-arms goes, either a straightforward spear or something which could concievably have been an agricultural implement would fit the bill (pun!).

Re: Where to buy a decent polearm

Posted: Tue Nov 09, 2010 6:35 pm
by seesinsilhouette
Thanks for the help one and all!

I finally found what i was after and picked up a bill from Tony watts (the trader who was mentioned earlier in this thread) last week and it looks great.

hopefully will get to try it out in training soon!