Spears are better than swords: scientific proof
Spears are better than swords scientific proof

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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. Support me on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/Lindybeige The longer version of this video, with more commentary from Matt Easton and me, and all of all 65 bouts is here: https://youtu.be/afqhBODc_8U Thanks to Matt Easton for inviting me to Fight Camp 2018. Thanks also to my cameraman Alex Abdolwahabi, and to all those who participated. No one was hurt, unless you count injuries to pride. Buy the music - the music played at the end of my videos is now available here: https://lindybeige.bandcamp.com/track/the-mandeville-march More weapons and armour videos here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLCA860ECD7F894424 Lindybeige: a channel of archaeology, ancient and medieval warfare, rants, swing dance, travelogues, evolution, and whatever else occurs to me to make. ▼ Follow me... Twitter: https://twitter.com/Lindybeige I may have some drivel to contribute to the Twittersphere, plus you get notice of uploads. Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/Lindybeige (it's a 'page' and now seems to be working). Google+: "google.com/+lindybeige" website: http://www.LloydianAspects.co.uk http://www.youtube.com/user/"Lindybeige"


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

Eno : 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.

Greg Scoggin : What I learned from this video: HEMA practitioners get _really_ good at pretending to be wounded and falling down.

Thewaltham : 11:48 "Yoohoo motherf*ckers!" Dead. I'm dead. Rip me.

VacuousMango : Probably why inexperienced peasant levy were just given a sharp stick

Adam Bare : I think we all learned that this look like a super fun day with your friends

Arkajyoti Jha : "Why is it always the groin!?"- Every spearman killed by a sword

Tadicuslegion78 : Medieval Sergeant: Do you know how to use that thing? Lindy: Yeah, pointy end goes into the other man

Mike Chen : A swing essentially can be think of as a 2D plane that comes towards you. Much larger area to block or parry. The spear attacks as a point, trying to block it with a sword would be incredibly difficult.


Ubi Vermis Cerritulus : What I've learned from this video is that the shotgun is the best weapon in medieval combat.

Roober Rad : The amount of groin strikes in this sport can be hilariously absurd

Rasmus Johansson : The virgin sword army vs. the chad Macedonian Phalanx

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

manbeastx69 : SHIELD WALL!!!!!!!!!

Simpson17866 : And remember, this is people who HAVEN'T perfected their use of spears the way they have with swords :) If an inexperienced spearman will generally succeed against an experienced swordsman, then the spear is probably better ;)

Arne Fe : Pff this is outdated. Everybody knows spears are nothing against a good Mikiri Counter. Amateurs.

The Modern Hermeticist : but muh only 1d6 damage

Daniel Bradford : What about dragons? Seems like dragons vs swords or spears would be worth testing.

THE REAL ZENFORCE : Spear the perfect Walking Dead outdoor weapon against Zombies (barely used in series)

somercet1 : "Why is it always the groin?"

mjey. : This video opened my eyes.. Next time I run into a battle again I will now pick the spear to be on the saver side

NoBody Knows Anything : Imagine a trained soldier with this spear holy crap

Opeyemi Adebayo : Thats why the unsolids are the best warriors in GOT

Artúr Tóth : Yī cùn xiǎo, yī cùn qiǎo. The smaller [the weapon], the smarter it is. Spears require less skill to be effective than knives (or swords).

Jaris Perreira : Where can i get some friends to go out and do this? Lmao

fsmoura : of course the spear is better . . . it has more penetration

Unova's Finest : Me before watching: **Spear > Sword. Dont @ me** Me after watching: **Spear > Sword. Dont @ me**

DrOktobermensch : Gee, it's as if swords were mostly a sidearm....

Kelvin : You break a spear with a real steel sword and shield. You guys better stop. Also armor affects spears, at close combat you cant get enough penetration force with a spear

Mitch Johnson : This is one of my hobby-horses: that spears don't get enough credit relative to swords.

Taekwondo Time : Spear? Answer: - Naginata - Halberd - Kusarigama For every weapon, there is always a weapon that undoes it.

JaGuaR : I dream of having speaking talent like this man 🤣

On Taka : Spears are also cheaper and easier to maintain. I wonder what would happen if you used polearms instead of spears.

Sonny Chen : I mean isn't sword mainly a backup and people would enter battles using pole-arms first?

Mr. Chiweeni : Another plus, my wooden spear gets through airport scanners everytime.

Silver Schooner : Spears aren't Romantic, Swashbuckling! Deadly though...very deadly indeed! 😜😏

The CrimsonZeke : Yes the spear is better. But can it survive a pommel throw?

Shadow Deslar : I’ve used a spear It’s very difficult to wield unless Your somewhat strong One hand of course

Christopher Feist : I think things shake out differently when you actually have a fear of being killed or injured.

Daniel Federico : I sort of no longer care what results you got. That looks like immense fun.

Babylonian : I dont think someone slapping you sideways with the end of the spear should count as lethal

Madcircle : Spears should definitely be the fantasy weapon of choice

Schmidty030 : False thumbnail, an ordinary spear cannot compete against Glamdring the Foe Hammer.

AnotherTrojan : Concerning the Zweihanders, I would expect that a Zweihander in full swing would potentially break the spear.

Mikosch2 : You what is funny? When you scroll through the news and find a headline "Stabbing: Four injured at university" and right afterward you get an alert for a new video "Spears are better than swords. Scientific proof."

AzafTazarden : Oh what a surprise, flanking a spear wall is the most effective tactic, who could have known?

home_juusto : 2:26 so difficult that the guy ripped his pants lmao

Grimsun : Yeah like you said, from all my experience in SCA reenactment fighting, what you said is 100% the case. Most of the time Shield and sword, or sword and board as we loved to call it, won out against spears. But god damnit, is it not the most beautiful thing when you see that low strike or feint into a face or neck jab. I remember catching myself on the wrong side of that bad error. By far the greatest thing about a spear is having a line of swords and shields in front of you and jabbing wildly into the sea of free jab points. Keep up the great stuff man, love watching these videos. Reminds me of my college days. Almost inspires me to find a fighting group again :P. Though I think my gear needs repairs :).