With the discovery of metal, spears became much more effective. In just about all cultures metal butt caps were used to protect the base of the shaft, and to add balance to the overall weapon. Can be used for any spear since the beginning of the Iron Age, from Viking to Medieval and more. Well made of mild steel and gives an improved appearance as well as balancing the spear. Generic and does not represent any one specific time or place. Ready to mount. Made by Windlass Steelcrafts.