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A bardiche belongs to the polearm family of melee weapons that was used in medieval and renaissance Europe. It was especially popular in Easter Europe (Poland, Russia). The blade of the bardiche often featured a long and cleaver like blade. The blade was attached to the pole via two sockets with one being in the middle of the blade and one on the lower end of the blade. The bardiche had a very long blade but the wooden shaft was often short compared with other polearm weapons. The weapon relied more on the heavy weight of the blade delivering heavy damage than a swing from a long pole. Because of that the bardiche is similar to Danish axe.

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