Bardiche (3.5e Equipment)
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A bardiche is a type of glaive polearm. It has a long, cleaver type blade mounted to a pole. While the blade is long for an axe (usually exceeding 2') the shaft is one of the shortest of all polearms; rarely does it exceed 5' in length. It relies more on the weight of its heavy blade to do the damage than a swing from a long pole.
Historically it was used in the 16th and 17th centuries in Eastern Europe as an evolution of the Danish axe (or "sparth"), along with the Scottish lochaber axe.
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