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Bannerstone
Aug 27th, 2004 at 4:41am
 
I would really like to make a bannerstone, to put on my atlatl, so I could test out the theory that it silences the zip of the dart.  I can get hold of some soft slate quite easily, (I heard this was the material of choice), but I am unsure of how to drill a hole in it (primitively - I don't want to use a black & decker or anything) and basically how to shape it.  So any atlatlist out there who have any info on bannerstones, please pass it along.
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Reply #1 - Aug 27th, 2004 at 9:26am
 
What is a bannerstone? ???
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Reply #2 - Aug 27th, 2004 at 2:37pm
 
It's a great big weight of easily carved stone (like slate or soapstone) which fits over the atlatl shaft, to silence the zip of the dart.  According to Atlatl Bob.  I just wanted to try out the theory.  Also, they look pretty cool.
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Reply #3 - Aug 27th, 2004 at 4:12pm
 
Wouldn't the stone break after you throw it. Soapstone is pretty brittle.
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Reply #4 - Aug 28th, 2004 at 4:42am
 
You don't throw the stone, it is well attached to the atlatl shaft (not the dart).  It is just a broad weight to supposedly silence the zip.  Slate is also quite brittle.
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Reply #5 - Aug 28th, 2004 at 12:57pm
 
any pictures?
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Reply #6 - Aug 28th, 2004 at 1:14pm
 
There is one on www.atlatl.com, in the authentic atlatls section (or whatever it is called).  It is the big red weight on the eastern atlatl - although it is a bit odd that it is red, and stuck on in that way.  I think atlatl Bob uses unnatural materials for most of his weights. 

  And there might be some on www.atlatl.net. ; There certainly used to be.
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