Glaive Talk - Whiskey & Weapons VI

Today Craig and Nathan talk about the development of our new 15th Century French Glaive.  Also known as a Breach Knife or a Vouge, the Glaive is essentially a short sword blade on a pole arm shaft.  The blade is ground from 1/4" thick 6150 carbon steel and hardened and tempered to 50-52 Rockwell.  The socket is 1/8" mild steel, hand forged into a tapering rectangular form.  The piece features a rondel guard that protects the hand, inset langets, and a fearsome butt cap with a spike.  The haft is hand selected and shaped American Ash in an elongated octagonal section that allows aids the user in establishing appropriate edge alignment.  

Nathan and Patrick Naleway posing with the piece.

Demonstrating the use of the butt-spike

Nautical use of glaive

Nautical use of Glaive, great for a cruise.

how to look casual while sacking a town

Glaives can also help you pull off the casual sacker look

Froissart's Chronicle siege scene

Glaive in use Froissart's Chronicle

What what? 

divider swords

Nathan Clough, Ph.D. is Vice President of Arms and Armor and a member of the governing board of The Oakeshott Institute. He is a historical martial artist and a former university professor of cultural geography.  He has given presentations on historical arms at events including Longpoint and Combatcon, and presented scholarly papers at, among others, The International Congress on Medieval Studies.

Craig Johnson is the Production Manager of Arms and Armor and Secretary of The Oakeshott Institute. He has taught and published on the history of arms, armor and western martial arts for over 30 years. He has lectured at several schools and Universities, WMAW, HEMAC, 4W, and ICMS at Kalamazoo. His experiences include iron smelting, jousting, theatrical combat instruction and choreography, historical research, European martial arts and crafting weapons and armor since 1985

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