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Oct 27th, 2007 at 11:33pm
 
heya people, i'd like to know whta you call a stick (som,ething about as long and heavy as a cosh) with a nrrowed down edge and point to consentrate presure is called, i made one, but i dont have any idea what to call it.
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Žęr węron ongemang eallra žisra rinca seofone hund manna ža že węron wineserhande, žara ęlc cuše weorpan stan mid lišere and ne misweorpan. &&&&16 ferses 20 heafodwearde Demena bec. (Judges 20:16)
 
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Reply #1 - Oct 28th, 2007 at 11:32am
 
It sounds like you've made a war club.  There are a million names for these things -- bagorro, barkal, dangra, jawati, mugdar, potu, wongala, yural-bari, and the like.  They were a standard weapon in the Pacific Islands, and you can find lots of them hanging in whaling museums and the like.  Some of them are works of art.  And in the hands of someone who knows how to use them, they can be very good weapons. 

If you have a chance, check out the classic A Glossary of the Construction, Decoration, and Use of Arms and Armor by George Cameron Stone, available through Amazon at

http://www.amazon.com/Glossary-Construction-Decoration-Arms-Armor/dp/0486407268/...;

It's the ultimate book on this and many other fascinating subjects Smiley
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Reply #2 - Oct 29th, 2007 at 12:21am
 
thanks, i had a look at images for "war club" on the google search engine. none of the clubs where quite like mine but i guess it would fit in as one, mine was most like the tongan ones. Smiley thanks for the info
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Žęr węron ongemang eallra žisra rinca seofone hund manna ža že węron wineserhande, žara ęlc cuše weorpan stan mid lišere and ne misweorpan. &&&&16 ferses 20 heafodwearde Demena bec. (Judges 20:16)
 
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Reply #3 - Oct 29th, 2007 at 10:24am
 
I suspect I would call it a 'pointed stick' ;-)
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Reply #4 - Oct 30th, 2007 at 1:09am
 
it's not quiete as as basic as a pointed stick, it fits in with the term "war club" more nicely, besides it's not even that pointy (and it looks nicer than a pointed stick, it's polished and water proof and looks like it has had more than 10 mins put into it, which is true, i put about 2 hours into it.)
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Žęr węron ongemang eallra žisra rinca seofone hund manna ža že węron wineserhande, žara ęlc cuše weorpan stan mid lišere and ne misweorpan. &&&&16 ferses 20 heafodwearde Demena bec. (Judges 20:16)
 
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Reply #5 - Oct 30th, 2007 at 12:17pm
 
[quote author=curious_aardvark link=1193542408/0#3 date=1193667846]I suspect I would call it a 'pointed stick' ;-)[/quote]
[i]"Pointed stick? Oh, oh, oh. We want to learn how to defend ourselves against pointed sticks, do we? Getting all high and mighty, eh? Fresh fruit not good enough for you eh? Well I'll tell you something my lad. When you're walking home tonight and some great homicidal maniac comes after you with a bunch of loganberries..."
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One of the better Monty Python sketches :)
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Reply #6 - Oct 31st, 2007 at 8:14am
 
yeah but them kiwi wielding pygmies are lethal ;-)

So how big is this pointed stick anyway ?
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Reply #7 - Nov 1st, 2007 at 2:16am
 
it's 1 and a half feet, i would post a photo but i can't find the disk.
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Žęr węron ongemang eallra žisra rinca seofone hund manna ža že węron wineserhande, žara ęlc cuše weorpan stan mid lišere and ne misweorpan. &&&&16 ferses 20 heafodwearde Demena bec. (Judges 20:16)
 
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Reply #8 - Nov 1st, 2007 at 11:11am
 
axon50 wrote on Nov 1st, 2007 at 2:16am:
it's 1 and a half feet, i would post a photo but i can't find the disk.

That's a good size.  It's pretty much the length of the clubs I improvised myself on the extremely rare occasions that I needed to carry a weapon -- small enough to avoid attracting attention or starting a fight, but long enough to block with and outreach a knife.  What kind of wood did you use?  How heavy is it?  And have you worked out any particular combat forms to use with the thing?
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Reply #9 - Nov 1st, 2007 at 10:10pm
 
it's made of tetree (that's not it's proper name), it's a new zealand hardwood,i don't know how heavy it is because i don't have any ways of waaying a weapon, but i'd say it was in beetwix 300 and 400 grams, i haven't devised any proper fighting forms for it so to speak, but it's designed to hurt bones, and it works very well for that purpose. Smiley
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Reply #10 - Nov 2nd, 2007 at 12:24pm
 
axon50 wrote on Nov 1st, 2007 at 10:10pm:
it's made of tetree (that's not it's proper name), it's a new zealand hardwood...

Yep, that sounds right for a war club!  A lot of tomahawks were made the same way, and I'm sure you've watched the tomahawk fight scene in Last of the Mohicans.  I'll be curious to see a photo when you finally have a chance.
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Reply #11 - Nov 4th, 2007 at 11:05pm
 
you could always make one of these too
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Reply #12 - Nov 4th, 2007 at 11:51pm
 
here's the photo.
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Reply #13 - Nov 5th, 2007 at 6:35am
 
yep that's a pointed stick alright ;-)
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Reply #14 - Nov 5th, 2007 at 7:08pm
 
You could always cut a 45cm chunk off of a broken axe handle bottom, and use the knob end for clunking someone. The knobby protrusion will give it some weight, and a larger striking surface, plus there would be a wee bit of a psychological advantage in your favour. Thats my summary, but that all goes out the window when the bad guy has a gun.
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