These hook poles were used for timbering and floating handling logs in mill ponds. Called peaveys, they were pressed into service during the Revolution and currently, are often described as blacksmith made halberds. Like many tools such as fascine knives, they were eminently suited for battle and many served in the revolution. This example is forged iron, 10 1/4" length with tapered square section fore spike, the tip with a spiral twist, a demonstration of whimsy and the blacksmith's skill. Integral back spike. Tapered tang with chisel raised barbs to assure bond with its wood haft. Uniform raised rust texture throughout.