Heavy medieval polearm
. Literally, "beak of the raven" (IIRC
, any french speakers out there can /msg
me to correct this), the business end
was used to punch holes in plate mail
armor (and the soft gushy bodies concealed therewith). This weapon
was about eight feet long, with both a straight point and a long, hooked blade stemming from the top. Hence the name, I suppose. This weapon was also used to forcefully dismount
horseback riding soldier
s, though much more appropriate weapon
s existed to do this as well.
See also: halberd, glaive, guisarme, partisan, voulge, and pike.