Today we dive into this weeks #WarriorTribeChallenge. Every week our Warrior Tribe has a brand new challenge revolved around increasing our survivability through skills and fitness training. This weeks challenge was to make a 4 pronged fishing spear. Whether it’s for bushcraft or survival, primitive skills like this are important to know.
Skills like this can help make your situation in the wilderness more enjoyable, as well as sustainable. This project is relatively simple, requires only a knife, and nature. It wouldn’t hurt you to have some paracord handy though, incase you d0n’t know how to make primitive cordage. Something you can also consider would be making cordage from clothing material, boot laces, etc. You can often find strong roots that can work well too.
SO, HERE’S HOW IT’S MADE.
- Step 1 – Find a hardwood shaft that is about 1-2 ft taller than your body. Any longer will make it harder to control. This shaft should also be roughly half the size of your forearm in diameter, or slightly smaller if you have small hands. Not too small though, otherwise you won’t be able to split it effectively.
- Step 2 – Take your knife, and slowly baton two splits as centered as possible in the form of an “X”. This is what creates 4 sections. Make these 2 cuts roughly 6-7 inches deep.
- Step 3 – Place two small wedge sticks in between both of the cuts you just made. Tap them into place using equal pressure. Go slow, and keep it consistent as to not split your shaft more than it needs to be.
- Step 4 – Sharpen the tips of your spear. They should be sharp enough to puncture, but not so thin that they break off easy. Ideally you want it to come to a drop point shape, as that would provide the most durability.
- Step 5 – Secure a lashing around the shaft intertwined with the wedge sticks. This secures the sticks in place and helps stop the shaft from splitting after use. After that secure a 2nd lashing where the shaft splits come to a stop. This will help increase the lifespan of the spear, and further prevent the shaft from splitting.
- Step 6 – Finish off the spear by fire hardening the tips.
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