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A common example of the Medieval Glaive

The glaive, a European pole-arm weapon, was a weapon consisting of a single-edged blade on the end of a wooden shaft.

It is similar in appearance and form to the Japanese naginata and the Chinese do guan do.

Traditionally, the glaive's blade was around a foot and a half long while the pole was 2 m long. The blade was shaped into a socket-shaft configuration, like an axe head, rather than having the straight edged tang of a sword.

According to early texts, the glaive was to be used in the same way as a halberd or a quarterstaff.