Alternatives to the Short Spear presented in this thread:
Greatsword and Longbow: sure, that's a good combo, but I'm talking one weapon here...frankly, I think Longsword and Longbow is another good combo...in fact, if you're playing a Ranger, why not carry a longsword in one and and a shortspear in the other, you're ready for melee OR ranged attack dealing 1-8 damage...
Morningstar: might be the most underrated melee weapon for Rogues in 3.0
Club: actually a viable alternative since it can be used as a shortrange missile weapon...still if yr going to use a 1-6 weapon why not:
Halfspear, which has I think all the advantages of the Shortspear, except you can use it one-handed in melee
point taken on usefulness for low level characters