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Bill Polearm

The bill is a type of polearm that was used by Vikings and Anglo-Saxons and in the Medieval Times between 14th and 16th century. The bill consisted of a hooked chopping blade that was mounted atop of a wooden shaft. The end of the cutting blade was curved at the very top to form a hook. The bill combined the stopping power of a spear and the power of an axe. The bill was perfect tool to fell either the horse or its rider by taking a swing. The weapon could also achieve the same by hooking bill against a chink in the plate armor. This type of polearm was a national weapon in England but it was used elsewhere as well, especially in Italy. The bill is similar in function, size and somewhat appearance to the halberd. The only difference was the hooked blade.

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