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Spears | Throwing Weapons

SpearsToday the word spear probably first brings to mind images of primitive tribesmen carrying crude weapons. That impression is more a legacy of old Tarzan movies than an accurate reflection of history. Spears and tridents do go back to our beginnings as hunter-gatherers, but their use was anything but primitive. The spear in its advanced form was the primary force on the ancient battlefield until the advent of efficient firearms.

Hunting and fishing spears are uncommon today, but a few good choices are still around. Replica spears are more easily found, with some clearly made only for display, and others of functional quality. Most are not made for throwing — throwing spears were light and flexible as well as expendable. Spears made for close combat are a stiffer and heavier design. The pike, one of Europe’s most feared versions, reached lengths of 22 feet and was tipped with iron or steel. Modern spearheads could match the quality of the old versions, but finding a 22 foot shaft of straight grained ash would be a real challenge. Today the wood is harder to find than the steel.

Spears evolved in many different ways in different cultures. In Europe, spearheads combined spear tips and light ax blades; in Japan the naginata blended spear and sword. China’s artisans developed many specialized pole weapons — like the Kwandao or horse cutter and the combat trident called the tiger fork. A top quality modern version of any of these old weapons, built with real combat level materials and craftsmanship, is a rare find.

Some of Our Favorites

The Viking Throwing Spear is a beautiful historically accurate piece, and light enough to be practical for modern people.

Tribal warriors use their spears as knives, and so can you. Our choice for best spear is the SOG Fusion Spirit.

If you’re looking for a practical hunting spear, try the Cold Steel Assegai, Cold Steel’s version of a classic Zulu design.

Read All of Our Spear Reviews Below


Trident Fantasy Battle Spear w/ Hidden Lance

Demon Guardian Display Polearms Weapon

Trident Fantasy Battle Spear w/ Hidden Lance | Demon Guardian Display Polearms Weapon

The Demon Guardian offers two weapons in this display version of a uniquel battlefield trident. Leave it in one piece as the trident, or unsheath the hidden lance for dual weapon action.

With cast metal fittings and black aluminum shafts, the Demon Guardian Trident Spear makes a much better collectible ...





Black Dragon Fantasy Spear for Display

High Carbon Stainless Steel Black Blade

Black Dragon Fantasy Spear for Display | High Carbon Stainless Steel Black Blade

Slightly over six feet long, this fantasy weapon doesn't exactly match traditional patterns -- but if your traditions include comic books and anime, you'll find the Black Dragon Spear familiar.

The black steel spearhead catches the eye immediately and includes some extra cutting edges that hint at old halberd ...





Bud K Celtic Spear w/ Clyde Caldwell Art Print

Fantasy Savage Pole Weapon Collectible

Bud K Celtic Spear w/ Clyde Caldwell Art Print | Fantasy Savage Pole Weapon Collectible

Definitely a nice display piece for those interested in fantasy weaponry, the Savage Celtic Spear from Bud K. appears too advanced to be truly savage. The worksmanship is artistic, not crude nor functional.

Pole arms must be one of the most difficult of the old weapons to duplicate well ...





Scimitar Naginata Display Spear, Guandao

Martial Arts Black Dragon Polearm Weapon

Scimitar Naginata Display Spear, Guandao | Martial Arts Black Dragon Polearm Weapon

Heavy polearms like the Black Dragon Naginata are some of the most difficult weapons to recreate. Attaching the heavy scimitar blade to the shaft requires considerably more than just insertion, and even modern, all-metal welded versions often have serious problems with this. If you would like a pole weapon to hang ...





Best Spear: SOG Spearhead Knife

Specialty Knives, Fusion Spirit FS01-N

Best Spear: SOG Spearhead Knife | Specialty Knives, Fusion Spirit FS01-N

The SOG FS01-N Fusion Spirit Knife combines belt knife and spearhead with options for attaching a full length shaft. Wear it on the belt in the knife-style nylon sheath and use the Spirit as you would any stout belt knife. If you need a long weapon, you have the option of ...





Battle Ready Hanwei Viking Spear by Paul Chen

Medieval Nordic Weapon Replica

Battle Ready Hanwei Viking Spear by Paul Chen | Medieval Nordic Weapon Replica

Created by Paul Chen of Hanwei Forge, the Viking Throwing Spear is more than a reproduction of a classic museum piece. The details are intricate, including etched runic designs on the socket of the spearhead. Viking smiths would have used a complicated process called niello to create the designs ...





Medieval War Hammer Replica

Armor Piercing Weapon | High Carbon Stainless Steel

Medieval War Hammer Replica | Armor Piercing Weapon | High Carbon Stainless Steel

This surprisingly well-made replica war hammer copies an old medieval battle hammer used against heavily armoured knights and their war horses. The cast high carbon stainless steel hammer head outshines the old weapons, yet holds close to the old functional design with only a few modern weak points.

Compared to museum pieces, ...





Ninja Warrior Sword w/ Shuriken Throwing Stars

8 Piece Martial Arts Weapon Set

Ninja Warrior Sword w/ Shuriken Throwing Stars | 8 Piece Martial Arts Weapon Set

The eight piece Ninja Warrior Sword from United Cutlery makes an interesting display piece even though the nondescript black cord wrapped handle and black scabbard aren't designed to attract attention. Though this compact weapons set isn't combat quality steel, it's good enough to be both functional and entertaining.

The 23-inch sword blade ...





Wushu Monk’s Spade 78 Inch

Martial Arts Kung Fu Training Weapon | Tiger Claw

Wushu Monk’s Spade 78 Inch | Martial Arts Kung Fu Training Weapon | Tiger Claw

Though some wushu weapons fall too short of the real thing in appearance and quality, this Monk's Spade combines modern construction with respect for the original weapon's character. The result is a light training weapon entirely suited to the acrobatics of wushu. Three pounds heavy and 78 inches long, it's ...





Tiger Fork Trident Spear

Martial Arts Training Weapon | Spring Steel

Tiger Fork Trident Spear | Martial Arts Training Weapon | Spring Steel

In the ancient world the threat of attacks by tigers, lions and other large predators was very real. Weapons -- including the Tiger Fork Trident -- evolved to fit the challenge. Once classed as a heavy weapon, the lethal points of the trident could intercept and hold an attacking beast, keeping ...





Wushu Kwan Dao

Tiger Claw Dragon Head Spear | Practice Spring Steel Blade

Wushu Kwan Dao | Tiger Claw Dragon Head Spear | Practice Spring Steel Blade

One of the important cavalryman's weapons of old China, the Dragon Head Kwan Dao resembled the Pu Dao or Horse Cutter Sword of the infantry. Heavier and with a more pointed blade designed for thrusting from horseback as well as for slashing movements at charging speed, the base of the Kwan Dao's ...





Kwan Dao Martial Arts Spear

Chinese Wushu Battle Ready Forged

Kwan Dao Martial Arts Spear | Chinese Wushu Battle Ready Forged

At over thirteen pounds, this forged high carbon steel Kwan Dao is heavy by today's standards but light in comparison to the old combat Kwan Dao of China. Designed by General Kwan Yu in the 3rd Century A.D. for his personal use, the original Green Dragon Crescent Blade which inspires ...





Double Headed Spear w/ Wax Wood Shaft

Wushu Martial Arts Weapon

Double Headed Spear w/ Wax Wood Shaft | Wushu Martial Arts Weapon

I can accept that training weapons shouldn't be combat level for beginning level training. Wushu routines stress acrobatics and weapons handling and often require lighter versions of the traditional weapons. But a good wushu weapon still looks like the real thing and has to retain the weapon's original ...





Hellboy II Spear Prince Nuada

Limited Edition Collectible | Movie Replica Fantasy Sword

Hellboy II Spear Prince Nuada | Limited Edition Collectible | Movie Replica Fantasy Sword

To perform with this unique weapon in the sequel to Hellboy -- Hellboy II -- actor Luke Goss trained for six months with Brad Allan of Jackie Chan's stunt team. As Prince Nuada, Elven military leader of the mechanical Golden Army, Luke Goss put this fanciful spear through a very ...





Shaolin Kung Fu Monk Combat Staff

Chinese Martial Arts Weapon

Shaolin Kung Fu Monk Combat Staff | Chinese Martial Arts Weapon

This unusual staff, with a main chopping blade and a secondary slashing crescent, has found a recent resurgence of fame in movies like Crouching Tiger: Hidden Dragon and video games such as Dragon Fist II. Once a favored weapon of high adepts of the Shaolin, ...





Cold Steel Assegai Zulu Hunting, Throwing Spear

Blackened Blade

Cold Steel Assegai Zulu Hunting, Throwing Spear | Blackened Blade

The 6' Assegai Spear from Cold Steel takes its basic design from the traditional weapons of South Africa's Zulu warriors. Cold Steel uses unique modern tempering processes to create a lightweight medium carbon steel spearhead with the ability to flex rather than break or bend. This blackened steel weapon will ...





Cold Steel Renaissance Boar Hunting Throwing Spear

Carbon Steel Black Blade

Cold Steel Renaissance Boar Hunting Throwing Spear | Carbon Steel Black Blade

Cold Steel's Boar Spear, based on a medieval European hunting design, combines a lightweight medium carbon steel spearhead with a stout American ash shaft to create what Cold Steel intends to be a throwing weapon.

Several companies market modern versions of spears as survival tools, which is where they are most useful ...





Wushu Kung Fu Martial Arts Snake Spear

Hand Forged Steel Blade

Wushu Kung Fu Martial Arts Snake Spear | Hand Forged Steel Blade

This lightweight and unique spear was designed for wushu rather than combat. The hand forged steel blade is chrome plated to resist corrosion and keep the good looks important to that style of martial gymnastics.

Although this 77" spear has been toned down a bit from the combat version, ...





Predator Double Sword

Movie Replica Fantasy Weapon | Martial Arts Staff

Predator Double Sword | Movie Replica Fantasy Weapon | Martial Arts Staff

Strictly for fans of the movie series, this 40.5" closed and 57" fully extended martial arts style staff would be very awkward on the Appalachian Trail. It would be a help if one bladed end fully collapsed into the shaft, but both points are permanently out, extended or not. All ...





Paul Chen Hanwei Yari Samurai Spear

Weapon Review

Paul Chen Hanwei Yari Samurai Spear | Weapon Review

Once again Paul Chen of Hanwei fame has designed yet another timeless piece of medieval weaponry. This yari, or Japanese spear, has been forged in ancient Japanese tradition while keeping up with a few modern conveniences at the same time.

The Hanwei yari measures an impressive 79 inches long. Its ...





Paul Chen Hanwei Naginata Battle Axe

Medieval Japanese Sword

Paul Chen Hanwei Naginata Battle Axe | Medieval Japanese Sword

The naginata is quite an important weapon in the field of martial arts. It's identified by a curved blade, a long wooden shaft, and a traditional tsuba similar to the ones you'd find on an ancient Japanese sword.

Hanwei's version of a Japanese naginata is of course designed by none other than ...





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