Like a surprising amount of historical weapons, the English Bill or “Bill Hook” owes its origins to agricultural use. This ancient forestry tool was used by peasants to hook creeping vines and hard-to-reach branches, and -when necessary – even lop heavy limbs from trees. It didn’t take much imagination to see the fighting applications of this heavy duty tool. Over time, the Bill began to evolve into a dedicated fighter. Its next incarnation, with its sharpened edges and hooking blades was fast, agile and intimidating. A good Bill in the right hands could hook, entangle, thrust, stab, slice and chop with equal ease and oppose even heavily armed and mounted opponents. Cold Steel’s English Bill represents the highest quality battlefield evolution of this tool. With a fully sharpened blade spike and hook, supported by an extra deep steel socket and a stout shaft.