Bisarma (Guisarme) S.XVI Date 2006 Author Nazanian
(sometimes gisarme or bisarme) was a pole weapon used in Europe primarily between
1000-1400. It was used primarily to dismount knights and horsemen. Like most
polearms it was developed by peasants by combining hand tools with long poles:
in this case by putting a pruning hook onto a spear shaft. While hooks are fine
for dismounting horsemen from mounts, they lack the stopping power of a spear
especially when dealing with static opponents. While early designs were simply
a hook on the end of a long pole, later designs implemented a small reverse
spike on the back of the blade. Eventually weapon makers incorporated the usefulness
of the hook in a variety of different polearms and guisarme became a catch-all
for any weapon that included a hook on the blade. This is exemplified by the
terms bill-guisarmes, voulge-guisarmes, and glaive-guisarmes.Guisarme
A guisarme is an 8-foot-long
shaft with a blade and a hook mounted at the tip.
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