Improvised weapon

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Here are two things I found on opposite end of Jersey one day, an Edgebrand throwing knife bought at a yardsale up by the Delaware River, and a Horseshoe Crab tail found on the beach on Cliffwood Beach NJ.

The tail is really pointy and the triangular cross section make strong and it seems to be pretty tough, with a nice handle it would probably make a nice dagger.

I've also seen shark teeth used as knives for skinning, seems nature provides us with an abundance of weapons and tools. :cool: :D

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Nah, I stepped on it walking on the beach, luckily no major penetration.

Growing up in Jersey around Perth Amboy I got to play with a lot of horseshoe crabs, I remember all kinds of old wivestales lkie the tai;s were poisonous if stepped on.
 
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Pretty sweet, man. That's a nice looking thrower too.
I would put a cord wrap around the tail for a handle.
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That triangular tail reminds me of the needles from needle palm trees. I used to cut them off the trees and use them as blowgun darts. For extra power you put a ball of fluff behind the needle and wrap a little copper wire around the needle forward of the center.
http://www.tytyga.com/palms/pg32.htm
 
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My friend has a throwing knife that looks very similar to your knife. It seems though that your's has been reground, because his does have a slight belly on each side instead of the 'tanto' grind. Everything else is the same though.

Definately a nice find.
 
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Horseshoe crabs are a classic example of why it is very important to study everything in our world. It's easy to look at them and think what useless and ugly critters. Not so useless after all though. When you're not fending off the bad guys with their tail, you can patch up the good guys...:D

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