Premodern Weaponry and Armor

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*'''Spears''': A spear is a long rod with a point on the end. The first spears were simple pointed sticks. Improved versions had their tips hardened by burning them, sharpening and then by attaching stone (and later metal) points to improve penetration. As spears were easy to manufacture, had non-military applications in hunting and fishing, and required relatively small amounts of metal, they became the most common form of weapon used by early civilizations. Among the most effective use of spears is the "spear wall", in which spearmen would stand side-by-side with their weapons pointing forward to resist charges (particularly cavalry charges). The longest spears, known as pikes, could be longer than six meters.
 
*'''Spears''': A spear is a long rod with a point on the end. The first spears were simple pointed sticks. Improved versions had their tips hardened by burning them, sharpening and then by attaching stone (and later metal) points to improve penetration. As spears were easy to manufacture, had non-military applications in hunting and fishing, and required relatively small amounts of metal, they became the most common form of weapon used by early civilizations. Among the most effective use of spears is the "spear wall", in which spearmen would stand side-by-side with their weapons pointing forward to resist charges (particularly cavalry charges). The longest spears, known as pikes, could be longer than six meters.
 
*'''Axes''': Bladed wedges on handles, axes have applications both as tools and as weapons of war. They can deliver a concentrated cutting strike focused on a small area, making them useful against armor. That said, they are inprecise.
 
*'''Axes''': Bladed wedges on handles, axes have applications both as tools and as weapons of war. They can deliver a concentrated cutting strike focused on a small area, making them useful against armor. That said, they are inprecise.
*'''[[Sword]]s''': A sword is a long blade that can be used for cutting or thrusting.
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*'''[[Sword]]s''': A sword is a long blade that can be used for cutting or thrusting. As the only weapons designed exclusively for killing other human beings (they have no hunting purpose), they have acquired symbolic importance in many cultures.
 
*'''Daggers''': A dagger is a short knife designed for combat, usually sharp on both sides. Used for close quarters fighting or as a backup weapon.
 
*'''Daggers''': A dagger is a short knife designed for combat, usually sharp on both sides. Used for close quarters fighting or as a backup weapon.
 
*'''Polearms''' Polearms are similar to spears in that they have long handles, often up to two meters long. They differ from spears in that their heads have more than just a thrusting point. Polearms can have blades, hooks, and allowing them to chop and slash as well as pierce. Some examples of Halberds are the English Billhook and the Japanese Naginata.
 
*'''Polearms''' Polearms are similar to spears in that they have long handles, often up to two meters long. They differ from spears in that their heads have more than just a thrusting point. Polearms can have blades, hooks, and allowing them to chop and slash as well as pierce. Some examples of Halberds are the English Billhook and the Japanese Naginata.

Revision as of 15:53, 8 October 2013

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