This is just one of my pet peeves with RPG terms. ><
I think the logic Vorico is *trying* to say is that, in a battle, you really should bet on a warrior skilled with a shiv, than a warrior skilled with a lance. However, this would be easily seen by how quickly the shiv attacks and does damage. It may do essentially the same damage over time, but it has more opportunities to score hits (even if they're smaller), and would certainly be easier to hit with. It would *appear* to do more damage as a result, even if it technically follows similar damage per second.