The Romans were the only culture on earth ………..that didnt want a throwing spear coming back at them . The Pilum . It was a heavy spear , weighted by a ball of wood . The 2 /21/2 iron shaft was like an ice pick . It was designed to rapidly penetrate shields , armor , and flesh , then bending over onto itself . It would bend , forcing an enemy to discard the shield , or in the case of going through armor and flesh , the poor individual was pretty well done . I bet you could hunt with one of those things . I think Cold Steel makes a pilum ………….if they used hard steel , instead of soft iron , then they got it wrong , and it wont work the way its supposed to .