saying hammer is balanced cause it has no chance vs polearms,
thats just stupid cause polearms are a special counter for that.
and an attack leaves u always open for counter attacksthats with every weapon not especially the hammer.
u have to compare it to other 1h Weapons and there it is godlike cause its far stronger.
and the range problem is not a real problem the ingame stats are not accurate and its real range is ok.
the real problem is that a knight will just trade hits and his big shield let him get close enough to any other 1h 100% cause u have to fight at this range and there he will outdamage u and out live u cause he is far more durable then anyother class even other knights he just out sustains.
Its not balanced but i would not say the problem is the 2h kill (jeah even knights) its just the fact it has not enough flaws like range and speed not to be used.
btw if someone stands infront me with a polearm i jsut take out my norsesword and stab him to death. dont limit urself to one weapon only the problem is not only the hammer its the kit which comes with it. the only good thing with the hammer is that it is no secondary