Authored By Staff Writer (Updated: 4/8/2013): The Fauchard was another in the long line of ever-important polearms utilized by various parties throughout Medieval Europe. The polearm served multiple purposes both on the battlefield and in ceremonial presentations. In the former, the weapon could be utilized as a pike to keep charging cavalry at bay while sharp edges could tear to flesh as needed. The Fauchard, in particular, sported a single sharp curved edge running the length of its metal head. The weapon, like other polearms of the time, was nothing more than this metal blade head affixed to the top of a strong support shaft. Such shafts could be between 6- and 7-feet in length requiring the use of two hands to properly wield the device - negating the use of shields. As such, polearm personnel would most likely be fielded in groups for maximum detrimental impact upon rushing enemy elements.
After combat experience shown the basic Fauchard design to be lacking to an extent, a variant was instituted that revealed a more lethal bladed head, this sporting various curved edges along the top of the existing blade or along its back. The revised form came to be known as the "Fauchard Hook" and proved a better military-minded design.