AK_Brickster wrote:I think since the question is "Spears OR Swords", that saying "spear in hand and sword in scabbard" is kind of cheating, don't you agree?
Brickninja wrote:Actually,if anyone's heard of a show called deadliest warrior, they tested a Spartans battle gear on that, and the spear was much more effective. I still say I'd have a spear in my hand and a sword in a scabbard.
Frank_Lloyd_Knight wrote:Sergeant Colon of the Ankh-Morpork City Watch had a preference for pikes…
"…because the thing about a pike, the important thing, was that everything happened at the other end of it, i.e. a long way off."
From the Discworld novel MEN AT ARMS, by Terry Pratchet.
Sir Erathor wrote:If I'm honest,
but as Brickninja knows I have some experience.
Brickninja wrote:Nice argument, Josdu. I gues what I mean is "what is the superior all-around weapon for a soldier in battle?"
josdu wrote:It still depends, but swords are what mounted knights mostly used (once they had run down their lances) and in future times gentlemen volunteers used and the drilled (at least to a degree ) troops and knight's retainers used Pikes and spear. Its true that for the English the latter (and the archers) bore the brunt of most battle's, it could be said that spears are better, but on the other hand, as I'd prefer being one of the former I'd rather have a sword. Also the time period matters because after a while the cavalry took the place of chivalry and they used swords.
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