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Survival Skills - How to Build a Spear With the Hoffman Harpoon - Hedgehog Leatherworks

Survival Skills - How to Build a Spear With the Hoffman Harpoon - Hedgehog Leatherworks

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A detailed tutorial with over 25 pictures that shows you exactly how to make a primitive survival spear using the Hoffman Harpoon Knife.
A detailed tutorial with over 25 pictures that shows you exactly how to make a primitive survival spear using the Hoffman Harpoon Knife.

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Published by: hedgehogleatherworks on Mar 03, 2008
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Survival Skills - How To Build a Spear With The Hoffman Harpoon
By Paul Scheiter
I firmly believe that wilderness survival is a gateway to appreciating the earth and life itself. To me, the processof learning these physical skills creates a greater intimacy between the survivalist and the elements whileinstilling a sense of responsibility to leave the earth in better condition than it was before. I mention this becauseof the small tree I harvested for the purpose of this article. As often as possible, I choose to make do withmaterials that are already dead so as to leave a minimal impact on the landscape. In the case of this spear, itwas necessary to find a long and consistently thick green sapling. I gave my best effort to choose a tree thatwas struggling, and would likely not survive. This was my attempt to take from the earth in a way that actuallyhelps it to live better.
The Right Sapling
 We are looking for a tall, straight sapling, about two inches in diameter. As you can see in this picture, the tree Ichose was competing with several mature vines in the root structure. Again, the idea here is take your materialsin a way that prunes the landscape.
 
 
 
Chopping the Base
 I used The Hoffman Harpoon XL to chop through the base of the sapling, and I was surprised by how quickly theknife accomplished this.
The Tree Comes Down
 Now we have to remove the branches and isolate the longest and straightest section of wood.
 
 
 
The Prime Cut
 Here the branches are gone and the top crown section has been cut off too. This will become the main shaft ofthe spear.
 
Clean it Up!
 See the right side of the sapling? It is messy, uneven, and too sloppy for our needs. We are going to create aclean break here that will look just like the work of a saw, accept we are only going to use a knife. To getstarted, press the blade firmly into the wood with a heavy log underneath that can act as an anvil. I like to bracethe sapling with my foot.
 

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