Before I read this thread, I made myself four +1 Tortoiseshell Harpoons (R29).
After reading this thread, I made myself three +0 Iron Lances (R28)
Since you guys were checking out the differences between Battle fork and Lances, I think I was a little misled. I went to ants at R28->R29 today, but unfortunately I didn't pull out my tortoiseshell harpoon for damage comparisons. (I was doing insane damage comparitive to everyone else anyways) However, After the fact, I looked at my stats page.
For a 1 rank difference, Tortoiseshell has nearly the same attack, crit, and parry, however it has like 20-30 more +Accuracy compared to the lance! Seriously.
I'm now kind of regretting making my Iron Lances, however I have consolation in two facts.
1) Tortoiseshell Harpoon is 10% Water, and Efts, the main grind target from R27-R37, are water element. The worst two things you can do element-wise, is to use Water on its counterelement (Water vs. lightning mobs), or using it on the same mob type (Water vs. Water). Perhaps the Iron Lance would be better in this situation? It's only 10% Damage, and like 30 accuracy!
2) Iron Lance upgrades to Banneret Lance. I'm not sure about all the details and whatnot, but by making these three lances, I can just upgrade them to get my R48 weapon. Pretty sweet deal anyways.
I don't think that Iron Lance is the godsend you guys are making it out to be, but I don't know. How many monsters are actually weak to pierce? We need to do more research about that sort of stuff.
and I need to go find myself the recipe for heavy iron lances / battle forks.