The Xyston was a long, heavy spear used in the ancient Greek world. Alongside the front spear point, the Xyston also had a smaller point at the end of the spear - this not only helped to counterbalance the larger and heavier blade on the front end, but also allowed the Companions to execute fallen foes with a downward stab without the need to dismount. It could be used with two hands for greater force behind each blow.