A fellow Blades and Bushcraft forum member shared some smart design improvements to the basic survival fish spear/frog gig that I posted on recently. The improved design incorporates easily carved barbs as well as an increased number of tines, both of which will improve the likelihood of spearing and retaining prey.
Yesterday I had a chance to get out and try my hand at making the improved spear and I will share the build photos here. The process is pretty well explained by the following series of photos:
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Friday, July 6, 2012
|The completed spear|
|Closeup of wedges and binding|
|The completed spear alongside my day bag|
The end result is rough but serviceable. I originally planned on carving barbs but I found that overly complicated and difficult for a "survival" weapon/tool. I think if I was going to actually use the spear I would fire harden the tips and use more cordage to lash the wedges a little tighter. Also, I assume that drier wood make for stronger tips but also a greater potential to crack apart when split, but that is something I will have to experiment with.