If you "pull it back so the point is even with his spear", you have effectively signed your death warrant. Firstly unless you have 40" forearms you would have little or no control of the weapon. Secondly with 90% of your spear behind you, your own comrades would be constantly fouling your control of the weapon.Right, what they said! You can't get "inside" a spear when the spearman can simply pull it back so the point is even with his shield--which I can do without much of a stretch. And in most any formation, maneuverability is pretty darn limited. Keep your sword handy, definitely, but start with your spear.