the thrust < pun > of this thread is not ad-hoc whittled sharp or fire hardened points , or even "
clovis pattern " spear heads
, but having pre made spear points made of metal , c/w the whipping required to make a spear from a staff in just
in the interests of ecconomy , weight saving and simplicity - i am not suggesting huge elaborate spear heads rivaling medieval polearms - but just a
very simple design , that can be made from sheet steel or thin-wall tube with basic tools
with an overall length of < 200mm and weight of < 100 gms a set of 3 would slide into a BoB / survival pack
barbs - would be optional , as would hardening [ but at least basic water / carbon hardening to the edge / tip , would be reccommended ]
like i say - i am envisioning a very basic design - with a rudimentary edge / blade - the can be re-dressed with the file of a multi tool as required
1 - efficiency of manufacture [ in the feild ]
2 - efficiency of operation - this is the most important , spear hunting / fishing etc is not easy - and you want a spear that will penetrate and
disable - not one that will be deflected or leave a fleshound on an escaping prey
plus - if its needed to defend yourself [ a 6 foot stand-off is always usefull ] - you want to draw blood - not tickle your attacker
bellow are 2 sesign templates - the first made of 2 mm sheet steel , the second thin wall steel tubing
both can be made in minuites with basic tools - sharpened and embellished with barbs [ usefull for spear fishing ] , holes or notches to enhance the
grip of whipping and secure them to the shaft
there you have it simple - easy to construct spearpoints - that allow effective and efficient spears to be constructed as needed .
thoughts , improvements , critiscisms ?
edit on 19-1-2013 by ignorant_ape because: (no reason given)