[Ansteorra-rapier] Spears for heavy Rapier

Chris Zakes dontivar at gmail.com
Fri Apr 17 15:58:03 PDT 2009

At 02:08 PM 4/17/2009, you wrote:

>  I'm considering buying a spear for heavy rapier. I know that they 
> are not legal, but i have not seen any attempts to find/develop a 
> legal version.

As others have said, many designs have been tried--either attaching 
some kind of fencing blade to a rattan or PVC handle, building a 
spear of either rattan or PVC that had enough padding (it *might* be 
possible, but you'd end up somewhere between a giant Q-tip and a 
giant Tootsie-Pop) or some kind of telescoping PVC design. None of 
them have worked.

>Right now, i am looking at the one from alchem armory. They are 
>advertising it as a pike, in their "bucklers & pikes" section.
>Does anyone have any hands-on experience with this weapon? Does 
>anyone know of a different one anywhere that might be of interest? 
>Is there anyone currently working on getting a spear approved for 
>heavy rapier?

 From all accounts, it hits like the proverbial ton of bricks. Don't 
waste your money. If you really want to fight with a spear, get 
authorized on the armored field, where they've already gotten all the 
bugs out of their spear design.

There's also this: historically speaking, rapier melees were pretty 
uncommon. Rapier-and-pike melees are even less plausible.

         -Tivar Moondragon
(Personally, I wouldn't buy *anything* from Alchem, but that's a rant 
for a different day.)

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