Spears are better than swords: scientific proof

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  • Published on:  Sunday, September 23, 2018
  • The spear was the most common weapon in ancient battles. There was a reason: spears work. Here, we try out spears against a variety of foes.
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  • Rasmus Johansson  (Dec 27, 2018)

    The virgin sword army vs. the chad Macedonian Phalanx

  • BandoLando  (Mar 16, 2019)

    +NYG5 bro swords have never been the standard infantry weapon ever except for the romans what are you even talking about?

  • James S  (Mar 13, 2019)

    Let's not forget the effectiveness of a tight formation of spearmen (of practically any type).

  • Both are trash compared to a trebuchet

  • James S  (Mar 13, 2019)

    That really depends in the ranges involved my friend. Up close, a trebuchet is just a large lawn ornament. And at great range a "melee" weapon is neigh worthless.

  • Darren Mills  (Jan 8, 2019)

    I get irrationally happy seeing Lloyd running away after giving those introductions

  • Rotbeam  (1 day ago)

    it totally was! i had the exact same thought +Ifor Bach

  • Ifor Bach  (Mar 4, 2019)

    I don't know why, but it was very Monty Python-esque

  • Candy Values  (Mar 16, 2019)

    It took me 12 minutes to realise this experiment was an excuse for them to play like children

  • justas drigotas  (6 days ago)

    Now now, that may be true, but we both know we would be no wiser :D

  • furiousmat  (Jan 8, 2019)

    Weren't swords a rich man's weapon? Just considering the amount of metal required to create one sword compared to a spear, it seems like spears would've been much cheaper. That might explain why they'd be used so much compared to swords. Like.. many guerilla groups today still use machetes and very few use laser guided bombs but that's got more to do with the availability of the weapon than its quality.

  • Sarah Hess  (4 days ago)

    +gbormann71 Aye

  • Tadicuslegion78  (Sep 23, 2018)

    Medieval Sergeant: Do you know how to use that thing?Lindy: Yeah, pointy end goes into the other man

  • Bookwyrm  (Mar 6, 2019)

    Zorro reference? ;-)

  • immortaljanus  (Jan 10, 2019)

    This is going to take a lot of work...

  • hagamapama  (Jan 7, 2019)

    You don't need that level of testing to establish the premise, history is all of the support you need._What was the overwhelming majority of ancient and medieval soldiers armed with?_ Spears, halberds, voulges, billhooks, and other assorted reachy-extendy-hooky-stabby things. Even the Romans, who favored the gladius, still had spears. Officers usually had no spears mostly because they were there to direct traffic more than they were there to fight. The guys whose sole job was killing the enemy, w...

  • Carlos Castanheiro  (3 days ago)

    Oh my friend spears became obsolete in the early 14th century, unless youre trying to fend off horses. The most important thing you seem to be forgetting, ARMOUR. My ancestors fought on foot with armour on and longswords, research Battle of Aljubarrota 1385 and Portuguese stick fighting or Portuguese fencing. We proved this countless times my friend. If I'm in full armour, your spear won't even scare me, I'll just hit you upside your head with my longsword and keep moving forward in a line of heavy arm...

  • tier1solutions28  (Mar 2, 2019)

    That's because they are easy to make

  • Eno  (Mar 10, 2019)

    If someone is using a greatsword in a battle, you don't send another greatsword to take him out.Exactly. You shoot him with a bow.

  • Carlos Castanheiro  (23 hours ago)

    I find your comment very disrespectful, just type Battle of Aljubarrota on Google. I'm not a fucking liar dude. Wtf. Portugal has had professional soldiers since time immemorial my friend. Peasants were not soldiers.

  • +Carlos Castanheiro Do you have any sources to back up your claim that peasants did not fight on the battlefield during the 1300's?

  • Aleksi Joensuu  (Jan 5, 2019)

    This turned out to be a loooong comment :D In Finnish boffer fighting we fight in large groups - the main event of the year has around 600 participants, and groups consist of around 10-60 combattants. This has gone on for around 15 years. Watching this I could say before you started that in these 1vs1 matches if you have experienced fighters, the spear will usually win until you get to those large heater shields that you had. Once the swordsman has a large shield, it becomes a question of controlli...

  • Carlos Castanheiro  (3 days ago)

    Oh my friend spears became obsolete in the early 14th century, unless youre trying to fend off horses. The most important thing you seem to be forgetting, ARMOUR. My ancestors fought on foot with armour on and longswords, research Battle of Aljubarrota 1385 and Portuguese stick fighting or Portuguese fencing. We proved this countless times my friend. If I'm in full armour, your spear won't even scare me, I'll just hit you upside your head with my longsword and keep moving forward in a line of heavy arm...

  • Carlos Castanheiro  (3 days ago)

    Delightful? You would be dead lol.

  • BattleFroad  (Mar 10, 2019)

    None of the spear users used light, feint, shield bash, light, sweep, heavy. Smh...

  • cube 5  (Mar 15, 2019)

    Found the valk main

  • Baleck  (Mar 11, 2019)

    Dunmahglass