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I recently purchased a hollow-handled "Tomahawk" brand survival knife, which has a handle tube with an inside diameter of about 7/8-inch and a tube length of about 3-1/2-inches. In thinking about how I would make a really stout spear with this knife, it occurred to me that its tube diameter and length are quite small for the business end of a spear shaft. Can anyone give me some tips on how to make (and reinforce) the knife end of a spear shaft so it won't break off as easily if it's bent? Also, in case the knife end of the shaft were to break off under severe bending stress, how can I fasten the knife to the shaft so it won't come off the broken end of the shaft completely? Thanks in advance for any tips you can give me.
Terry..... The Cold Steel Bushman Bowie sells at; http://www.888knivesrus.com/ for $23.00 USD (United States Dollar) plus shipping. This would be a good investment if you’re wanting a dependable survival knife. Kage and LG&M has the right idea as for the low budget larger survival knife. Maved has a good idea as well The SOG Sprit is very functional. See attached pic.
As I tell my readers and students before you buy a knife or any gear, what is the purpose or need you have identified. An example would be you are a bush pilot in Alaska flying in supplies to remote locations. By remote I mean 100 plus miles to the nearest dirt trail. What gear should you have with you at all times? Even now your strategy will determine what gear to take. If your plane goes down is would your strategy be to stay with the plane because of the emergency beacon? Or would your strategy be, if not injured too badly, to hike out to the nearest location of help?
So what could possibly be the situation you (anyone reading this blog personal situation) could be facing? There are two options in my way of thinking. You stay or you hike out. If you stay then foraging for food and water would be at the top of the list. If you hike out then you would need something light and multipurpose friendly. Where you’re possibly going to be, are there dangerous animals present? By dangerous animals I mean bear or mountain lion. If where you are the laws allow firearms then the Henry Survival rifle AR-7 (an old Charter Arms product) would be on the top of my list. http://www.henryrepeating.com/rifle-survival-ar7.cfm. If we are restricted to cutting devices then here is what I think.
Based on my own experience in the woods of North America, the mountains and woods of Southern Kosovo and the mountains of Northern Iraq, Kurdistan, this is what I carried in my rucksack. A good quality multi-tool (I have the Leatherman Wave.), a good fix blade knife with a blade no longer than 5”, GPS, water filtration device, emergency water (16 oz.), 12 medium zip-ties, survival blanket, 100 feet of paracord (Internet $5.50) fire starting device (depends on your expertise in starting fires) cell phone (at the top of mountains you can get a signal and the 911 in N. America will work on any service.) and two MRE (meals ready to eat) which have 2,000 plus calories each. Ration them into quarters and you have four days of food. If there will be streams, rivers or bodies of water available then 6 small hooks one spool of 20# test line. The fishing test line makes for good snares for small game. My rucksack and contents cost about $180.
As for spearing any deer or the like game you will be wasting time and valuable energy. A wild mountain lion only catches such game one out of ten tries. For small game and fish take a willow about the average size of your thumb (the middle) and about seven feet long. Split it down the middle from one end about eight inches. Place a block at the end of the split and zip-tie which will hold the split open about three inches. Sharpen both prongs and notch for a barb effect. You can spear fish with this device. Spearing fish has a learning curve which took me some time to get the hang of it. If you stuck in an area then for big game I would suggest deadfalls on well used game trails. There are several good books out there for making the deadfalls, snares and the like.