A fauchard is a type of
polearm which was used in medieval Europe from the 11th through the 14th centuries.
The design consisted of a curved blade put atop a 2 m (6-7 feet) long pole.
The blade bore a moderate to strong curve along its length, however unlike a
glaive the cutting edge was only on the concave side. This made the fauchard
blade resemble that of a sickle or a Scythe. This was not a very efficient design
for the purposes of war, and was eventually modified to have one or more lance
points attached to the back or top of the blade. This weapon is called a fauchard-fork,
but is very often erroneously referred to as a guisarme or bill-guisarme since
it superficially appears to have a ‘hook’.
This polearm is similar
to a glaive, being a curved blade affixed to the end of a pole. Unlike a glaive,
though, the cutting edge of a fauchard is along the concave side, causing the
blade to resemble that of a sickle or Scythe.
Benefit: The fauchard
is more awkward to utilize than a glaive (and as such is an exotic weapon),
but its increased threat range over the glaive and the ability to trip foes
make it a dangerous weapon in the hands of a skilled user.
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