Voulge

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A voulge (occasionally called a pole cleaver) is a type of polearm that existed alongside the similar glaive in medieval Europe. Superficially, a voulge might strongly resemble a glaive, but there are some notable differences in construction. First, the attachment of the voulge blade to the shaft was usually done by binding the lower two thirds of the blade to the side of the pole; the glaive would often have a socket built into the blade itself and was mounted on top of the pole. In addition, while both had curved blades, that of the voulge was broad and meant for hacking, while that of the glaive was narrow and meant more for cutting. A voulge thus looks something like a squashed bardiche, or just a meat cleaver attached to a long pole.

In early designs it consisted solely of a cutting edge, but in time voulges often had a 'pointed-top' blade for stabbing. Hooks were also incorporated onto the back of the blade, in which case they are referred to as "voulge-guisarmes".[1]

Variations

ItemSource isRare itemIs incomplete
Broad-bladed Dwarven iron voulge with a stout hickory haftDrathrok's Duskruin 422/Incidental lootDrathrok's Duskruin 421/Incidental lootDrathrok's Duskruin 426/Incidental lootDrathrok's Duskruin 430/Incidental lootDrathrok's Duskruin 435/Incidental loottrue
Sharp-thorned voulge bound to a modwir haftSleeping Dragon Corn Maze 421/End lootSleeping Dragon Corn Maze 425/End loottrue
Varnished vedda wood voulge vivified with variegated violetsHollow Eve Festival 425/Rafflestrue
Voulge (crafted)false

References

  1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voulge

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