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Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by DocJD, Sep 22, 2019.
FWIW, the Gerber LMF 2 and Bear Grylls and some TOPS knives have lashing points to make a spear.
Oh,I knew the holes in the handles of a butterfly knife were for something
Actually any knife that has holes in the handle can be lashed to a stick.Like my CS Counter Point I with a 6" blade, it has three large holes in the handle and would make a great spear
The SOG Spirit Fixed Blade/Spear - Hard Cased Black 4.25" Stainless Steel Blade, Removable Handle, Nylon Sheath FS03N-CP is specifically made to convert to a spear-head. Not exactly stellar as a knife but I got by with it one long weekend. It’s makes a great spear.
The Condor Matagi is a particularly good example.
Appeal to my kid self is exactly why I clicked on this thread. Back in the day, before the internet and only a limited selection of TV channels, woods play and camping was the best. My friends and I would often make our own spears and such, and we mostly threw them until they broke.
It often started with an old kitchen knife or something from the local thrift or flea market. Scales would be removed, sometimes very crudely in the case of kitchen knives. A slot would be carefully cut in the end of a staff. Holes would be drilled for screws in the right spots, sometimes with an old hand drill. Then it would be reinforced by lashing. It was a fun use of summer time, back when we had unlimited amounts of it.
When we had the right kind of staff, they could double as walking sticks . Every once in a while, we'd get lucky and spear a rabbit or something. Wrap up the day with a little campfire cooking. Those were the days.
Received my new "toy" today but had some dental work scheduled , so only had a few hours to play with this , so far .
Did make some simple , reversible mods . Some self fusing silicone tape tape wrap and a short wooden handle . Just to experiment .
Went out and used as a light machete on some weeds / branches and did some throwing .
Stabbed and slashed at some cardboard .
For ~$20 , pretty impressive . Very versatile .
I think you'd be better off searching for spears that easily become knives, which is basically all of them. Snap off the shaft and boom! knife!
Where I live, the ground is mostly rock. If you would throw a spear and miss the target, the tip would likely be gone from the first throw. Jumping from a tree to spear a wild boar would be the way to go I guess.
Tree sloth, slow loris, koala bear, hedgehog, box turtle, possum, etc. Some slow-movers aren't recommended for up-close work, like skunks or large Komodo dragons.
Get some Zulu training.
I bought a lot of very cheap knives off the bay fake survival knives. Less than $2 each as I recalll. Mostly because I knew they’d make good spears. I stashed them in several survival kits and in vehicles.
Yes ...well , very humorous .
But actually , most dedicated spear heads would make very poor knives .
That's what's kinda cool about one like the CS Bowie Bushman . It can function fairly well as just a bushcraft / survival knife . Not a great knife , but just OK .
The Bushman Bowie is made of SK-5 , high carbon "spring" steel . Tough and easy to sharpen . Not great edge retention but also hard to break .
Have you guys seen the line of spear heads Buck makes? Who else makes spear heads?
ESEE Izulas or Becker Neckers. Cut a slot at the end of a pole, stick in the skeletonized handle & tie it up. Very secure "spear"
...was thinking the same thing, a bk11 should work great:
We do a similar thing to the bushman called the Socket Bowie. A lot beefier and more durable for a hard use survival tool. Hand forged out of 5160, with a socket handle int he style of Tai Goo or James Helm.
Definitely not as cheap as a bushman, but a lot more capable and with a lifetime warranty.
Today received a 60" natural , unstained but sanded , wood handle with a tapered tip that's used for brooms , rakes , squeegees etc . :https://www.rubbermaidcommercial.com/cleaning/brooms/wood-handles-tapered-sanded/?sku=FG636200NAT
Cost me less than $5 , delivered ! Not arrow straight but better than I could make myself from a sapling . Seems fairly clear and strong enough .
Mounted on my CS Bushman Bowie and did some throwing . No living creature was harmed , not even a living tree !
It worked great , considering this was my first ever actual spear with a metal head . Yeah , I did throw sharpened wooden "spears" before as a kid , back in prehistory .
I threw it about 10 times and stuck it every time , which is way better than I've ever done with knives .
I like it.