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Mar 4th, 2013 at 10:57am
 
I made a few of these in the past to tip my cestrosphendone darts, but I enjoyed making them so much that I started making more.

I've been making them out of stainless spoons from local 2nd hand stores (which is actually kind of a pain sometimes because I'm apparently competing with a local artist who makes wildlife sculptures from spoons and often buys all the spoons before I get there).

What do you archers think? should I be leaving a little more of the spoon handle on the points for hafting?

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Reply #1 - Mar 4th, 2013 at 1:16pm
 
Those are really cool!  I especially like the middle one.  The tang on the left one may be a little short (mind you I could be way off).  How well do they hold up?
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Reply #2 - Mar 4th, 2013 at 1:42pm
 
On my cestros darts, they've seen all kinds of abuse...dirt, tree trunks, lake ice... I haven't had to  replace any yet.  I did bend one trying to get it to stick into the frozen lake, but I just hammered it flat again. They don't have any sort of spring temper,but they're tough and cheap and fun to make.  I cut them with a hammer and cold chisel and finish them with a file. On the middle one, I did experiment with a drill to make two holes that I chisel cut into to notch the point.
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Reply #3 - Mar 4th, 2013 at 7:02pm
 
I used the handle ends of old spoons for these. I left about half an inch for the tang and they seem to work okay.

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I think yours look a lot nicer. I cut mine out with a dremel. The arrows were more of a test to see if I could make them.
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Reply #4 - Mar 4th, 2013 at 11:24pm
 
I could send you some bandsaw blades they make good points and knifes
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Reply #5 - Mar 5th, 2013 at 5:37am
 
You had me at bandsaw blades! Cheesy
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Reply #6 - Mar 5th, 2013 at 7:38am
 
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Reply #7 - Mar 5th, 2013 at 7:22pm
 
I used to make them out of keys, I got the idea here:

http://www.instructables.com/id/Making-arrowheads-from-old-keys/

I never used cestros, but I used a bunch of those keys as spikes for a club I was making at the time. It turned out looking like a brutal weapon. O_O
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Reply #8 - Mar 5th, 2013 at 8:30pm
 
Most keys are brass, which is super easy to shape and file. They'd probably make nice little points. Not very durable, but an easy way to flesh out a quiver full of arrows.

Kjev, up until today, I was just throwing out the handles. Just made a wicked harpoon point! Using every part of the buffalo now, thanks!

Ghost, Thanks for the offer, I got a few circle saw blades I wanna try first.
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Reply #9 - Mar 6th, 2013 at 10:26am
 
Archane, I have  MUCH larger harpoon point, about 1 1/2 inches wide, about 3 inches long, with around 25 barbs. very, very vicious looking.
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Reply #10 - Mar 6th, 2013 at 11:11am
 
squirrelslinger wrote on Mar 6th, 2013 at 10:26am:
Archane, I have  MUCH larger harpoon point, about 1 1/2 inches wide, about 3 inches long, with around 25 barbs. very, very vicious looking.


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which stands for, This Post Is Useless Without Pictures.

in other words.  Post some dang pictures already.
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Reply #11 - Mar 6th, 2013 at 11:22am
 
And what fish are you going to take with 25 barbs??! Submarines? Whales!?
I'm curious to see your harpoon too, Squirrel.
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Reply #12 - Mar 6th, 2013 at 1:37pm
 
Mauro Fiorentini wrote on Mar 6th, 2013 at 11:22am:
And what fish are you going to take with 25 barbs??! Submarines? Whales!?
I'm curious to see your harpoon too, Squirrel.
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Gosh! You people! I will post pics when I have time!

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Reply #13 - Mar 6th, 2013 at 2:30pm
 
Arcane Tinker wrote on Mar 4th, 2013 at 10:57am:
I made a few of these in the past to tip my cestrosphendone darts, but I enjoyed making them so much that I started making more.



I only just registered that you were using a cestros. Shocked  Is there a thread I missed somewhere!? Can you give me a link or pictures or something?
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Reply #14 - Mar 6th, 2013 at 2:47pm
 
http://slinging.org/forum/YaBB.pl?num=1351800588/8#8
I'll have to dig a bit for a few older posts of mine.
Stand by, I'll snap a shot of a few of my darts.  I need to make a batch of fresh ones.

12 minutes from the promise of a picture, to the delivery....I hope you're taking notes Squirrel
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