Spears are one of those blade categories that can be differentiated by working or hunting spears, or collectors’ pieces. Cold Steel’s Boar Spear kind of bridges that gap for a couple reasons. I can see using this spear in non-threatening situations if need be, but it can also hang on pegs on your knife wall. The Cold Steel Boar Spear is extremely light for its length and the balance is impeccable. Finding a spear you like can be difficult, but I think this one (with a little work) could fit the bill for most people.
What can this knife handle?
The Boar Spear isn’t all that sharp, so I wouldn’t recommend trying to spear something with extremely thick or tough hide, but it would do well against a boar or something smaller. The edges on spears aren’t supposed to be extremely sharp; the tip is where most of the penetration is going to come from. I have seen the Boar Spear wreck ½ inch plywood and literally break through double thick cardboard, but I wouldn’t recommend trying to go after a rock solid piece of wood. There is the chance that the tip might snap off. There are just some things you shouldn’t try with your spear.
Construction and Blade
Spears are something that I am really just starting to get into, but I think I have enough knowledge and experience to determine if I like the spear and why. The blade really disappointed me to an extent and because it is single-sided. I feel that in order to be as effective as possible, it would have to have a dual edge. As it stands, the blade is concave on one side and convex on the other side. The Cold Steel Boar Spear blade is 18 ½ inches and made from SK-5 medium carbon steel which, under most circumstances, can be compared to the American made 1080 steel. It has a medium carbon make up, that is resistant to abrasion, has decent edge holding ability, and is tougher than a lot of other steels available. Its also heat treated to a spring temper.
A big downside to Cold Steel’s Boar Spear has to do with the construction of the spear. The head of the spear is affixed to the shaft using screws, but unfortunately the screws are less than desirable. They are extremely flimsy. The screws were not sinking into the wooden handle and there were some that even broke off. I ended up pre-drilling holes in the handle and using my own screws. This was really frustrating to me and really made me question the integrity of the spear. Cold Steel should have provided a more secure assembly system especially for the price of the Boar Spear.
Handle, Grip, and Feel
The handle on the Cold Steel Boar Spear is made from Ash and has a nice, rich, dark walnut stain to really give the spear a refined look. It’s a stocky pole, 1 ½ inch in diameter, and reaches nearly 7 feet long. This is a bit longer than other spear handles I’ve seen, but obviously it gives you a longer reach and makes for lightening quick handling. Having a walnut stain on the handle is appealing to the eye and makes it look more historical, but it really doesn’t provide any benefit to the handle. In fact, when the handle gets wet it becomes extremely slippery so your grip suffers. To combat this issue, I have sanded the handle with fine grit sandpaper. I don’t want to totally rough up the handle since I really like the appearance of it. While you have the sand paper out, rub down the area of the handle where the spear head attaches to it; sometimes it is difficult to get the head on since the handle is so thick.
There is a sheath that accompanies the Cold Steel Boar Spear and I haven’t had any trouble with it yet. Made from Secure-Ex, Cold Steel’s Kydex-type plastic, the sheath is seemingly well built. It has a snap-closure strap that holds the sheath over the blade securely, but is easily and quickly removed when the time comes to use. There are also open areas around the edge of the sheath that allow you to thread paracord through should you choose to do so. There haven’t been any sort issues with the sheath as of yet and hopefully this will remain the case for years to come.
All-in-all, there are improvements that need to be made to the Cold Steel Boar Spear but I would not say that it is a complete waste. It does work relatively effectively, its not too heavy (68 ounces), and its lightening fast. You can find good value in this spear and it hasn’t disappointed me.