> they WERE used in fighting. The Roman Gladiators used them quite often (combined with a net).
Good point. However, did you know that gladiators hated them? It was all that easy to the opponent to grab hold of the trident and the trusting power to force three spikes to bury past leather armor was too great. All it took was for one spike to be caught on a metal piece (like a rivet for instance), for the other spikes to not bury in.