Primary Materials: Wood, Iron
Not really an axe, this small glaive-like pole arm is essentially a meat cleaver mounted on a stout three to four-foot haft. Carried by the kern, the young rank-and-file warriors of the Irish tribes, a kern axe can cause horrific injuries. Due to the shape of the blade it can be used to hook shields, pull down weapons, snatch riders off of horses etc. The kern axe is equally dangerous for cutting or piercing. Very similar weapon existed in Renaissance Germany called a ‘war scythe’, so the Kern Axe can be considered representative of a fairly common type of small glaive.
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