A simple Pole Arm from the 15th/16th Century, it's obvious origin was that of the common pitchfork. A staple of farm life, the Pitchfork was become an ideal "peasant weapon". So much so, that a militarized version was developed. The Military Fork tines numbered only 2 (as opposed to the standard 3 or 4 of a common pitchfork). The tines were anywhere from 8 to 15 inches long and mad of sharped steel. Examples exist with small barbs or hooks incorporated into the tines. This was an obvious mistake as the fork could be caught up in clothing (or dense flesh). Mounted on a 5 to 8 foot staff or pole, a training program was even invented. No doubt the training was similar to the standard Pole Arm/fencing tactic which was being used.