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Mar 14th, 2017 at 2:21pm
 
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Reply #1 - Mar 14th, 2017 at 3:51pm
 
You're bored, aren't you?   Grin

You need to research an arrow thrower, it is similar to an atlatl but was designed to throw arrows or other short darts.

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Reply #2 - Mar 14th, 2017 at 5:16pm
 
I like it. I used to also do something similar. This needs to have its own catagory. Like post-apocalyptic weaponry.
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Reply #3 - Mar 14th, 2017 at 10:07pm
 
Great, loved it Cool
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Reply #4 - Mar 15th, 2017 at 4:47pm
 
If we're talking post apocalyptic weaponry I have a shoe horn I converted into a sword Cheesy
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Reply #5 - Mar 15th, 2017 at 6:07pm
 
Hey that will work Otter! I remember making a crossbow out of tent poles when I was 11. Man the stuff my parents let me do. Talk about idle hands... Tongue
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Reply #6 - Mar 16th, 2017 at 3:00am
 
I was actually amazed at just how well it works Cheesy It's one of the long metal ones and I just flattened it and wrapped on a handle. Didn't even need to sharpen it still sticks into a block of wood. I have pictures buried in my computer somewhere.
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Reply #7 - Mar 18th, 2017 at 8:30pm
 
Smiley Thank you all! Smiley

Bill, Morphy and Kicktheotter: do you have any pictures?
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Reply #8 - Mar 19th, 2017 at 12:20am
 
No sir, this was when I was a kid. I got rid of all the evidence... er... "projects"  years ago.
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Reply #9 - Mar 19th, 2017 at 3:46am
 
Here it is. I deliberately used a rough but of leather that has lots of hanging parts do it looks a bit post-apocalyptic Cheesy
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Reply #10 - Mar 19th, 2017 at 6:39pm
 
The shape is a bit like Macuahuitl.
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Reply #11 - Mar 21st, 2017 at 11:31pm
 
That's quite sleek KTO, I kinda wanna make one myself. I have a few questions, how did you flatten it so well and basically leave no marks that a hammer would make? Also how durable is it? And where did you get the long strip of leather for the handle? What I have available to me is bags of scrap leather at hobby lobby, which are not very long, they do have ones that are like shoelaces, but I would prefer something with more width like yours for more comfort. I'm a big fan of homade weapons made of simple things. Anyone have any others like that?  Shocked
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Reply #12 - Mar 22nd, 2017 at 4:28pm
 
I literally just took a hammer to it on an old metal table Cheesy The trick was to spray paint it black afterwards. Hid the marks quite well. Durability-wise, I wouldn't trust my life to it and I do fear hitting anything more solid than slightly old wood at the wrong angle could bend it but I was surprised how well it chops. I attempted to sharpen the edge a bit but I didn't have the right tools or the patience and it actually turned out not to be necessary; I could get it to stand in a tree stump with only the minimum effort, almost just by letting it drop. Still, in reality it's definitely more for show than real use. Particularly movement sideways, I feel could bend it fairly easily. The bottom "hook" is actually bent and I still don't know how that happened and kind of goes to show that it isn't really meant for such hard use. The leather I got from an old leather jacket which I cut up and used to make lamellar armour. This was one of the scraps which is why it has those weird projections and hanging parts.
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Reply #13 - Mar 23rd, 2017 at 8:36am
 
Ah, I see.
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Reply #14 - Mar 30th, 2017 at 2:48pm
 
Hello all, I'm Andy in La Mesa California. I make and use atlatls, biggie darts, thong thrown darts, make arrows, bows, stone axes. Others things too. Try to use natural harcested or collected materials. Just joined. I'm a happy Hunter/gatherer or just a caveman.
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