Warning: You are not logged in. Your IP address will be publicly visible if you make any edits. If you log in or create an account, your edits will be attributed to your username, along with other benefits. Anti-spam check. Do not fill this in![[File:Bardiche.jpg|thumb|300px|right]] The '''bardiche''' is a polearm used in Eastern Europe and Russia in the 16th and 17th Century. It was the Medium-Range weapon of [[Ivan the Terrible]]. ==Stats== *Blade Length: 28 inches *Length: 6 feet *Weight: 9 lbs ==Description== The bardiche had a long, cleaver-like blade attached to a relatively short wooden pole (rarely exceeding 5 feet). The blade was attached to the shaft by means of two sockets, one on top of the pole and the other at the base of the blade. [[Atgeir|Lighter versions]] of this axe existed in the 1000s, used by [[Viking]]s and their decedents. When Vikings settled in Rus; they influenced the axe designs of the region of modern day Russia and Ukraine. ==Uses== The bardiche was primarily used for chopping, although the top of the blade could be used for thrusting. It could also be used as a stand to rest a firearm on while firing, and for this reason, the bardiche became associated with the ''streltsy'' (Russian guardsmen armed with firearms). It was designed for power and intimidation but its weight makes it easy to fatigue its user. As Peter the Great modernized and westernized the Russian army; the Bardiche was replaced by the [[Bayonet]], and the lighter [[Flintlock Musket]] no longer needed a stand to aim. [[Category:Weapons]] [[Category:Ancient Weapons]] [[Category:Staff Weapons]] [[Category:Axes]] [[Category:Mid Range Weapon]] [[Category:Polearms]] [[Category:Asian Weapons]] Summary: Please note that all contributions to the Deadliest Warrior Wiki are considered to be released under the CC-BY-SA Cancel Editing help (opens in new window) Retrieved from "https://deadliestwarrior.fandom.com/wiki/Bardiche"