Category Archives: Pike

Meyer’s Pike – Equipment, Guards, and a Basic Drill

The hardest part about studying pike is actually finding a pike. During Meyer’s time, the late 16th century, a typical pike would range from 15 to 22 feet long. Even if something that long could be found, transporting it would … Continue reading

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Proposed Terminology for Gripping the Staff, Spear, and Similar Weapons

There are numerous ways to hold a short staff or quarterstaff. Unfortunately none of the manuals I’ve run across seem to enumerate these succinctly. So in order to make conversations about these weapons easier, I am proposing this set of … Continue reading

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Meyer’s Pike – Guards Part 2

Last time we covered the high, middle, and side guards. In all three of these the right hand was held by the flank. These final three are more varied. Obserhut zum Stoss – High Guard for the Thrust According to … Continue reading

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Meyer’s Pike – Guards Part 1

The pike’s length makes it a usual weapon its guards reflect it. It is the only weapon I’ve seen thus far that actually requires you to support it with your body rather than just your hands. There are six primary … Continue reading

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