The evolution of the ranseur or runka can be traced directly to the Gothic lugged spear and indeed it was fully developed in this form in the Gothic period. Like the halberd, it is an infantry weapon which gives a foot soldier the capability of effectively attacking an armored horseman with its long spear point and low angle of attack. The sharp base lugs can cut the reins or penetrate between the armor plates. A skilled user could gain purchase on the armor as the adversary approached while angling the haft and digging the butt into the ground, and unseat the horseman or tear a portion of his armor off. Length: 100 1/2"