A spear is a long pole weapon with a pointed head on one end, used for thrusting and throwing. Spears have been used throughout human history for hunting and as a weapon in warfare. They are simple and inexpensive to make, and are effective both in the hands of individuals and in formations of spearmen. The spear is a versatile weapon and can be used for both long-range and close-combat fighting. The term "spear" can also be used to refer to a type of fishing equipment.