The sword is something to cut with. The spear is someting to thrust with.
Shissai Chozanshi
Tengu Geijutsuron
Sôjutsu in general
What is sôjutsu?

If you tell a Japanese person you are practicing sôjutsu he will usually ask you "soj… what?" If you then say "yari" (spear) he will usually respond by saying "I see! …Spear." illustrated with a throwing gesture.

No wonder. Even in Japan almost nobody knows what sôjutsu is or that sôjutsu still exists nowadays. And if people have an idea at all what sôjutsu is, it is usually informed by TV series and movies which often draw a picture of the use of spears that has absolutely nothing in common with reality.

At best people remember scenes from the films of Kurosawa Akira showing platoons of spearmen working as units with long spears, very long spears.

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Es gibt unglaublich viele verschiedene Arten von Speeren, sowohl was die Länge betrifft als auch was die Klingenform oder die Montierung angeht. Dies sind auch genau die drei Kriterien, nach denen sich Speere klassifizieren lassen.

The parts of a spear


1: Saya - The scabbard covering and protecting the blade, when the spear is not in use. There has been a great variety of designs for yarizaya, especially during the Edo era, that went much further than functional necessity demanded for at that time the yari was not only a weapon but also a symbol of status and rank.