A Pole Arm weapon very similar to The Gaive, it saw popularity in Medieval Europe. The most noted difference between the two weapons was the lower portion of the Voulge blade. The blade head was binded or fitted into the wooden staff or pole. The axe head was flatter and wider than a typical axe. It was specifically designed as a hacking weapon. The best description for the Voulge was that it was "a meat cleaver attached to a staff". Many French armies deployed the Voulge during The Hundred Years Wars. It is credited as being the primary design concept leading to the bayonet (also a French invention).