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A voulge is a type of polearm that was used in medieval Europe. A voulge was very similar to glaive yet they differed in their construction and the way they were mounted on the wooden pole. A voulge was mounted by biding two thirds of the blade to the side of the shaft. On the other hand, the glaive featured a socket at the bottom of the blade. Also the main difference between the two weapons was the shape of the blade. The voulge featured a broad blade that was intended for hacking and the glaive had a narrow blade that was intended for cutting. With time, a sharp blade was added to the top of the voulge for stabbing and a hook was added on the other side of the blade.

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