English Bill Polearm Head


This English Bill Head is hand forged from high carbon steel and is capable of retaining a razor-sharp edge. Pole not included. Made by Windlass Steelcrafts.
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Also known as "Forest Bill," the "Black Bill," or the "Brown Bill," this was a fearsome war instrument during the middle ages. Noted 16th-century weapons expert George Silver called it the most deadly of all two-hand weapons (he lived before the invention of firearms and fighter planes, remember). Highly favored by the English from about 1300 to 1620. Hand-forged of tough, high carbon steel by the master armorers at Windlass Steelcrafts. It can be mounted on a wooden dowel from your local hardware or home supply store. 
  • Overall: 24-1/2" long
  • Head: approx. 15-1/2" x 9"
  • Weight: 2 lbs / 4 oz
  • Socket: 1- 3/8" wide
  • Edges have established cutting bevels but are not sharpened
  • Does not include pole


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Agree, an excellent bill head
I do wish that the socket was wider but I managed to fit it snugly into a 6’ X 1-5/8” pole then pinned it on. It looks great and feels powerful while still being light and nimble to use. As soon as I picked it up I knew why it was such a common and popular pole arm. If I was a lower to middle class medieval soldier (and I would be), this would be my weapon of choice. These are kind of hard to find, but a must-have for us Wars of the Roses Stans.
- Peter, January 24, 2024 | Verified Purchase
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An excellent English bill head!
For the price, this bill head is a great deal! It is very straight and it is well tempered..

A note concerning the diameter of the socket: while it states 1 3/8 inch size, the INNER diameter is around 1 1/4 inch at its thickest. Hopefully this info helps when trying to taper a pole or handle to fit.

Overall it is a great value, considering that Medieval/Renaissance billhooks are hard to come by unless custom made. I highly recommend this head.
- Alexa, September 22, 2022 | Verified Purchase
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