Authored By Staff Writer (Updated: 4/8/2013): The Corseque was used in quantity throughout the 16th and 17th Centuries. As a polearm, its design and susequent function was pretty straighforward for it consisted of nothing more than a wooden shaft capped with an imposing metal blade assembly. The shaft length could vary based on nation and craftsman and could measure in at 6- to 8-feet long. The blade sat atop the long shaft by way of a socket and the sheer length of the weapon required a firm two hand grip to wield in combat. The Corseque was known to be made in two main versions, each differing in the layout of the blades. One version consisted of the thin pointed end featuring outward curved blades (noted as "flukes") while the other version had these side blades pointed back towards the user. The shaft itself was between 1.8 and 2.5 meters in length.
Such polearms could be used in battle and for ceremonial purposes. In battle, the pointed end would be used to keep charging horses at bay while the head sides could be used to hook and slive through a concentration of flesh - be it horse or man. Use of such weapons such as the Corseque was not unlike that as used by the ancient warfighters of Greek and Rome.