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Encyclopedia of historical weapons - Compound-Hilt & Complex-Guard

Term for the many forms of hilts in Renaissance and on some late-Medieval swords. Ususally consist of finger-rings, side-rings or ports, a knuckle-bar, and counter-guard or back-guard. Complex-guard may have swept-hilts, ring-hilts, cage-hilts or basket-hilts.

Encyclopedia of historical weapons

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Bardiche
Alsocalled berdiche. A pollaxe with a long, slightly curved blade, principally used in north-eastern Europe.
Elbow gauntlet
The cuff of this gauntlet reaches the elbow, replac­ing both the lower cannon of the vambrace and the couter.
Hammer
War hammer very effective vs. plate armor.
Target
A round shield, mounted on the arm, used throughout history. Most targets were large (30 - 36”) and made of wood, but in the…
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