Going boar hunting, making my own spear out of my Shanghai Shadow. Haft tips?


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John79
December 18, 2013, 08:00 PM
As the title says, I'm looking to turn my SS into a spearhead for an upcoming boar hunt with friends. The knife is the newer model with the new guard design, which in my opinion, would make for a more than suitable boar spear head. I don't want to make it sloppy or just bind it to the side of the shaft or anything like that, so here's what I was thinking. After acquiring a straight, good, Hickory haft, I would use a saw slightly thinner than the handle of the SS with no scales, and cut down the haft, perpendicularly till I could snugly push the knife into it right up to the guard. Perhaps round out the back of the cut to accommodate the curve of the ring. Tap small started holes where the screws that hold the scales on are, and put some high strength nuts, bolts, whatever, through the haft at these points. Basically what I'm ending up with is a similar concept to how the Trench Hawk goes together. My questions....... Can anyone see a way of improvement on any of these concepts? I'm worried about the lateral stress on the points of connection, and fear the haft would split easily. Perhaps a hard epoxy on either side of the handle and a tight 550 cord wrap, but this would make it difficult to quickly remove the blade to convert it back to a knife. Ideas? Thanks all!

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readyeddy
December 18, 2013, 08:23 PM
I would think a sturdy mount and the ability to quickly remove the knife would work against each other. Maybe a bayonet type mount would give you the best of both worlds.

hso
December 18, 2013, 08:36 PM
That's too short a knife to haft and for hog hunting and it isn't secure enough in the hand to use.

Ausies use Enfield bayonets. Hog hunters around the states use a minimum of a 7" blade and most use a 9" or longer. The grip has to be secure.

If you're going to try for a spear, get a spear head.

Sam Cade
December 18, 2013, 08:39 PM
It would be much less trouble to just spend the 30 US American fiat exchange units and buy a Windlass spearhead to stick on a shovel handle.

Nighteyes
December 18, 2013, 08:46 PM
Better to have both a spear and a knife than to try and do it "on the cheap."

Or, you could just take two aspirin and lie down in a dark room with a cold compress over your eyes until the fever breaks.

rodwha
December 18, 2013, 10:47 PM
This is something I've contemplated too. I'd also want a 9-12" wide blade with an easily disassembled handle that I could bolt onto a walking stick. I've also wondered how much use/abuse a good, thick hardwood stick could take, and what could be done to strengthen it. And like you I'd want it to be somewhat easy to reconvert back into a knife, though that's not a requirement at all. No matter what it won't be all that quick.

dprice3844444
December 18, 2013, 11:36 PM
http://www.coldsteel.com/Product/95BOASK/BOAR_SPEAR.aspx

Sam Cade
December 18, 2013, 11:37 PM
Hmmmmm.
A tubular handled knife with a couple holes drilled crossways with bolts passing through both knife and closely fitted shaft inserted in the handle would be secure and reversible.

Sam Cade
December 18, 2013, 11:41 PM
Forget bolts and nuts.

Ball detent hitch pins.

http://www.globalspec.com/ImageRepository/LearnMore/20124/DL22673_10002be7179c5b9f4ef1a94d0a19f76d985b.png

MICHAEL T
December 19, 2013, 01:28 PM
Just get a bore spear . The SS isn't made for this type of outing.

Leadbutt
December 19, 2013, 09:14 PM
Having done boar withknife and had a friend along do one with a spear, I'll say either one and niether one is where you go cheap,, the old time spears had boar guards for a reason, the last thing you want is one to run up the staff

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