Alright gentlemen, and anyone/anything else present. I present the upgraded Thunderball.
Unlike the previous version, the new version has a bolt running all the way through it, and secured on the other side by whatever this threaded end cap is called, seated snugly in a recessed hole just deep enough to make it flush with the surface.
I have no idea where the crack-like imperfection in the finish came from during the whole process. All I know is that I've run my thumb over it quite a bit and can't feel anything there.
In Poland, hundreds of years ago, the peasants could not afford weapons made from metal. They improvised by cutting inscisions into young ash trees at intervals over a long period of time and inserting sharp pieces of flint. Over time, the tree grew around the jagged rock so securly that it became part of the tree. Nothing could dislodge them and they could penetrate the toughest armor. When the tree was around 3" in diameter, it was harvested. They used these to fight invading muslim hoards from the Ottoman Empire and Mongol and Tartar raiders from central Asia. (I'm trying this right now with blue beech trees substituting steel for flint.)
Source: "Poland" by James A Mitchener, page 92.
Monkey Fist. 1" or larger ball bearing.
Depends on how much reach you want to have. I had the end strands at about 4 feet just to be sure. I forgot the length of the piece I was using, but I think it was around 30 feet. I had a lot of small pieces left over when it was done.About how much cord goes into something like this? Thinking of making one...
interesting thread for a browse lol. I have had this thing laying around for a good few years now..i use it in the garden, mostly for weeding & breaking up dirt.
its a big thick hook shaped blade welded onto a bicycle seat post with shrink wrap over the join.
I wondered what that thing on the bottom was. Did you use the stock removal method for making it?
What sort of setup is that on the monkey's fist? It looks like some sort of ring on the end to allow its reach to be extended if necessary.
Here's what I have cooking up
Basically a modern macuahuitl, sandwich between two pieces of red oak, held together with 1/8" brass pins, and epoxu. I'm calling it "bone saw"
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I tried acting normal, worst five minutes of my life
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