The spear is perhaps man´s oldest weapon, and may even be his oldest tool. Over the hundreds of thousands of years of the weapon´s existence, it evolved from a pointed stick into an efficient hunting missile, and then became the most effective hand-held bladed weapon humans ever devised.
The spear was used in virtually every conflict up until the modern era and is probably the most commonly used weapon in history.
A spear is a pole weapon consisting of a shaft, usually of wood, with a pointed head that may be simply the sharpened end of the shaft itself or it may be made of a more durable material fastened to the shaft, such as bone, iron, steel or bronze. The most common design for hunting or combat spears since ancient times has incorporated a metal spearhead shaped like a triangle, lozenge, or leaf.
The spear has been used throughout human history both as a hunting and fishing tool and as a weapon. It is one of the earliest and most important tools developed by early humans. As a weapon, it may be wielded with either one or two hands.