I only spear with old hand made spears. It takes time to find them but they are hard to beat. Look for a heavy one, "so you don't have to throw it". You just want to kind of flick it into the water and let the weight of the spear do the work. I am fortunate to live in an area with a very long spearing heritage and also had many talented blacksmiths in the day. So finding a good hand made spear can happen. I have seen several new high dollar spears fail but I am sure there are a few makers out there that are worth while. But just my two cents is look for a old timers spear. Good luck!