The Glaive consists of a long blade (typically up to 18 inches in length) on top of a wooden shaft about six or seven feet. The blade was fixed to the shaft by means of socket, much like an axe, rather than the tang of the similar Naginata. Often, the blade also had a hook opposite the of cutting edge.
- Length: 8 feet
- Weight: 5 lbs
- 29 inch blade
The glaive was used both for slashing and stabbing, while the hook has used to pull riders from horseback.
The glaive was demonstrated against a side of beef on a zip-line, simulating a charging horse, and easily pierced it.