The Iklwa is a short spear used by the Zulu, an easily wielded wood spear with a razor sharp iron spike. It was the mid-range weapon of Shaka Zulu, who allegedly invented the weapon as part of his military reforms. It is a short variant of the traditional Zulu spear, the assegai.
The Iklwa is the shorter version of the Assegai, a pole weapon used for throwing, usually a light spear or javelin made up of a wooden handle and an iron tip. Shaka's soldiers would use the assegai to range attack enemy formations before closing in for close quarters battle with the iklwa.
It was named for the sound it makes when removing it from a wound.