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marshalGreg08 Mar 2017 7:09 a.m. PST

Dear All,
I am looking for 15mm/18mm spear tip and halbred tips to place on my wire replacement for broken flag staffs and 1806/1809 NCO "arms".
Any good resources that carry them?
Prefer USA but will go abroad, if necessary.


VonBlucher08 Mar 2017 6:58 p.m. PST

None that I know of, and I looked for quite a long time. But I used a hammer and an anvil to good effect to create a spear tip for some of my 1806 Prussians Flag poles.

DHautpol09 Mar 2017 6:04 a.m. PST

I have tried to avoid officers and NCOs with halberds for this reason.

One thought I did toy with, although never tried out, was to glue a small piece of paper about the depth of the halberd blade around the brass rod, wait until completely dry and then trim to the approximation of a halberd blade with a sharp scalpel. Once painted and mixed into the unit it could give the illusion of a halberd blade.

I do use the hammer and anvil method for flagpoles, I used to use the flat sides of a larger hammer as an anvil before being given a small anvil as a present.

Personal logo 22ndFoot Supporting Member of TMP09 Mar 2017 10:14 a.m. PST

If you have a small grinding wheel one on a Dremmel works very well you can easily make your own without resorting to hammer and anvil. Cut the length you want from florists wire of the desired diameter don't use steel wire as this won't work and grind the piece of wire to a point (careful it gets hot). Then, with the flat bit of a pair of pliers, flatten the bit you've just ground to a point. Works a treat I'm replacing all the bent poles on a very large AB Napoleonic British army at the moment. Cheep as chips too.

Logain09 Mar 2017 9:13 p.m. PST

I actually made a bunch of 15mm halberdiers using wire and greenstuff to convert pikemen. It was surprisingly easy and they look pretty darn good. I made a pie shape piece the size I wanted, squeezed the blade with my fingers to bevel the cutting edge. Try it!

marshalGreg10 Mar 2017 6:20 a.m. PST

Guys this is not very encouraging, especially the halbreads.
I have not been happy with the hammer and anvil for the flag poles.
I will take a look at the florist wire to understand the difference and why it may work better per your method.

I can't believe the suppliers have stopped supplying such. I knew I should have bought more at that time….


Personal logo 22ndFoot Supporting Member of TMP10 Mar 2017 1:25 p.m. PST


It is a doddle. The first few I did took me ages because I did them from a single piece of wire (I use something smaller than 20 gauge in 15mm) and then cut them to length.

If you cut them all out and then do the grinding and flattening, it goes much quicker. You will soon work out how pointed you prefer them.

I use a small pair of pliers that have long flat faces to make the heads.


Works a treat for javelins and spears too.

CATenWolde Inactive Member10 Mar 2017 2:21 p.m. PST

Donnington have what you are looking for:


Tarantella Inactive Member11 Mar 2017 5:34 a.m. PST

I struggle with dancing girls with one arm 6 inches longer than the other (not literally of course).

What does an Austrian halberd look like?

marshalGreg13 Mar 2017 12:03 p.m. PST

@ CATenWolde

Thank for the link! I have requested more info from them.


Terry3713 Mar 2017 7:33 p.m. PST

I usually after making my spears using wire, blunt them a little bit, because they can be painful in making moves if you don't. Don't have to blunt them much.


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