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Subdeacon Joe

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7 hours ago, Chantry said:

Hmm, maybe we've been looking at it wrong?   After reading Pat's comment I rotated the picture.  If we accept that whoever made it lacked the skills or tools to form a hole for the handle to go through, then maybe this is some form of weapon related to a tomahawk?


On edit:  I certainly don't claim be an expert on American Indian, Aztec or Inca weapons, but nothing I've read even hinted at pole arms being used by the American Indian, Aztec or Inca warriors:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Native_American_weaponry




The blade shape is suggestive of Oriental or Middle Eastern influence, even though it is rather short. But even that short blade would make a nice slashy-pokey, and it's curve sort of makes the point useful as a hook to get under clothing or armor to hook a rider off a horse.  


The upper "guard" that projects towards the blade negates any use of the point on the spine.


The apparent lack of mounting holes in the tang can be attributed to begin covered by the heavy rust.

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