You do better off with a spear. Using all the spear upgrades you get from your spear mastery to increase the speed of the weapon and power, plus adding flash and swift, means you no longer need melon ice cream or have to worry about your speed if you lose EB after death, because you will always have max speed without the need of flash rings and other extras.
Also means you have the two ring slots for upto 100-110 str from goddess rings with xmas and LL lapis included. Or just as useful are the full synergy bonus if you use 75+ jewelry with LL and xmas lapis etc, you then get the extra 110 str and 90 dex stats, although to be honest, I prefer full goddess accessory's until the next episode.
Plus, spears are sexy and have that awesome reddish glow and pretty lethal over all other weapons.