When it comes to arming up for survival, you can’t do too much better than a multi-purpose throwing spear. The tried and true weapon has a history that dates back over 400,000 years.
The combination of the spear’s purity, power and usefulness have made it one of the most ubiquitous personal tools for many millennia. Making your own throwing spear is a relatively quick and easy project with room for lots of customization.
Even a beginner level survivalist can do this!
Remember in the movie Castaway when Tom Hanks’ character, a middle-management FedEx employee, fashions himself a spear for hunting fish? If he can do it, you can too.
Materials you need
To make a javelin-style throwing spear, you’ll only need a few basic materials:
- Wooden handle from a long rake or broom
- Shovel that you can take apart
- Blade from a lawn mower
- Gorilla Epoxy
- Long nails
- Angle grinder
- Belt sander
- Butane torch, motor oil and a toaster oven (for heat treating)
Making the spearhead
First, pull the head of the shovel off from the handle. Use the other end of a hammer to pry out the nails from the shovel. Then, use an angle grinder to the cut off the straight part of the pipe at the end of the shovel scoop.
Draw a spearhead design on a lawnmower blade and then cut it into shape. Sharpen the edges with a belt sander. To heat treat your blade, use a torch to heat the tip. Then dip it into a pan of motor oil.
To finish the heating treating process, bake your blade in an oven at 425 degrees until it reaches a golden wheat color.
Putting together your javelin
All that’s left is to put everything together! The straight pipe you cut from the shovel will hold the two pieces together. Punch holes through each part, aligned so that you can hammer a few nails through them to hold the pieces together.