The sword spear and the polearm are among the most favored battlefield weapons in many different cultures throughout feudal history. Their great length makes them ideal for foot soldiers fighting mounted men, and when a group of soldiers all have one, they can create a nearly impenetrable area of defense. Many times, the polearm was also created to be lightweight and allow the wielder to make swift attacks from a longer range than other close-combat weapons. The weapon’s range and swiftness put the wielder at a great advantage against a man with a sword or knife.
The spear sword was not only used in battle but also in hunting. In some cultures, hunting with spears was considered an essential skill for young men. The length of the spear made it easier to reach animals from a safe distance, minimizing the risk of injury. In some cases, spears were even used for fishing, with the pointy end being replaced by a hook.
Over time, the spear sword evolved to suit different purposes. For example, the Qiang, a Chinese spear, was often used for thrusting attacks, while the Guan Dao, a type of Chinese halberd, was designed for sweeping and cutting motions. The Japanese yari sword spear was often used for both thrusting and slicing attacks, making it a versatile weapon.
If you’re curious about different types of polearms, Swords of Northshire offers a huge collection of these long-handled, lightweight pieces. Generally made of wood or metal, a skilled warrior can deliver incredibly powerful cuts and thrusts with a piece from our collection of polearms. Browse here for a huge collection of unique Japanese polearm types and more.
Our Polearm Selection
At Swords of Northshire, we primarily focus on Japanese- and Chinese-style weapons. Everything in our collection is handcrafted to order by master blacksmiths who learned all about the traditional metalworking techniques that made these weapons popular. Explore a polearm collection that includes:
- Qiangs (Chinese spear)
- Flute Sword and Spear Hybrids
- Guan Dao (Spear with a crescent metal end)
- Dao Broadswords
- Overlord Spears
- Sōjutsu Hoko Yari (Japanese spear)
- Double Halberd Spears
Each of our spears and polearms is an exquisite recreation of elite military weaponry. They are all authentic and completely functional for use during practice, cutting practice, or for decoration. Whether you prefer the Chinese or the Japanese polearm style, we can help you find it at Swords of Northshire.
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Our hand forged polearms are fully functional, hand sharpened, and highly durable. Most can be disassembled into parts for more convenient shipping and moving. Can't find what you're looking for? Contact us with your custom request and we'll get back to you as soon as possible.