The halberd is a cut and thrust combination staff weapon consisting of an axe-like blade, rear facing beak and spear point.
The halberd developed during the 12th and early 13th century from elongated cutting spear blades and reached its height of popularity in Europe in the 15th and early 16th century. The increasing use of firearms and increasingly long pikes contributed to the decline in use of halberds in warfare after approximately 1550. After 1600 halberds continued to be used for ceremonial use and court bodyguards becoming highly decorative status symbol.
The halberd measures 53cm in length by 30cm in width and has a 28.5mm socket to fit a handle shaft.
This item is not suitable for re-enactment combat due to edges not being sufficiently rounded for safe use.