Whether you’re in an authentic survival scenario or just up at the lake for a weekend camping trip, you’ve got to eat. But what if your food supplies are running low, or worse, you never had any to begin with? That’s when knowing how to make a spear comes in handy.
How To Make A Spear To Guarantee Your Survival
In this video we’re going to show you how to make a spear in 12 simple steps. We’ll also offer some basic fire-hardening techniques that will prolong the life of your spear.
Stick around to the end to learn the most effective way to make this multifunctional, primitive hunting tool. Along the way, we’ll pass on some important safety warnings and tips.
Check out the video below, and scroll down for our step-by-step guide on how to make a spear.
Before we get started, here’s a few things you’ll need:
1. Spear pole
We recommend a small, green sapling approximately 2 – 2.5 inches in diameter, and a few inches taller than you are. (We’ll tell you why later.) Tip: When choosing a tree for your spear pole, choose as straight a sapling as possible. We recommend hard woods such as hickory, oak or maple.
2. Sturdy baton stick
Hardwood words best as a baton. This is essentially an improvised hammer and will serve to help provide effective downward force to split your spear into segments without breaking it. These can easily be found on the forest floor or you could even use a left over piece of your sapling, if it’s thick enough. Make sure that it is not rotten, as a rotten log will simply fall apart. You can easily tell if the baton is rotten with a few quick, solid thumps against a tree stump. If it doesn’t shatter, you should be good to go!
3. Strong cordage (2-3 feet)
Paracord is my cordage of choice due to it’s strength, durability and resistance to rot in damp conditions, but any cordage can work in a pinch! (Even your shoelaces.) Tip: You can never have enough cordage in a survival situation… you might just be surprised at how many different uses you can find for it!
This tactical fish survival kit has 9′ of genuine paracord, perfect for your spear making.
4. Folding saw
A strong serrated knife will work… but having a pocket folding saw will save you a ton of time, work and hassle! Another secondary option would be a pocket chainsaw or even a wire saw. In my opinion however, no good survival or camping kit is complete without a folding pocket saw. Here’s a good one to grab.
5. A good, full tang fixed blade knife
When it comes to splitting or batoning wood, a folding knife just won’t cut it! It’s dangerous to try and will absolutely ruin your knife. Do yourself a favor and, before you ever head out, get your hands on a solid, full tang fixed blade knife… you won’t regret it.
Follow These 12 Steps On How To Make A Spear For Food and Self Defense
1. Once you’ve cut your pole, saw off the fat end so that it’s flat.
2. Take your cordage and wrap the pole about 10 inches below the working end. This will help the pole to keep from splitting out once you begin the batoning process.
WARNING: Always be sure that your spear stands at least as tall as you do. This helps ensure that the sharpened points of your spear are above eye level, just in case you take a fall while out on the hunt.
3. Once you’ve wrapped the working end of the spear with cordage, butt the opposing end up against a tree or stump to help stabilize it. Slowly baton 8-10 inches straight down.
4. Turn your knife perpendicular to the first split and repeat the batoning process.
5. Next, find a couple of three-inch sticks about the diameter of a pencil and slide them firmly in place between the splits to keep the spear points expanded.
6. With your knife, sharpen each of the four points.
7. Once the points are sharp, remove the cordage and place the sharpened points below the coals of a fire for 10-15 minutes. This speed dries or “fire-hardens” the wood. Tip: Be mindful of your spear during this process; check it often to make sure it’s only drying and not burning.
Side Note: An alternative drying technique is to hold the spear just above the flames of your fire like a marshmallow, so that the flames lick the points of the spear. While this technique may take longer, it’s easier to keep an eye on the spear points to make sure they aren’t burning.
8. Once the spear is removed from the fire and allowed to cool, latch the three inch wooden pegs in place to reinforce the spear during impact.
9. Align your cordage vertically against the shaft of the spear and create a loop.
10. Next, wrap cordage around the shaft while alternating over and under the wooden pegs.
11. After two or three times around, slip the working end of your cordage through the loop you created earlier, and give a stout tug on the other end. When done correctly, this will tighten the pegs up nicely and leave you with a durable, four-prong spear point.
12. You can also opt to sharpen the other end of the spear into a single, fire-hardened point for self defense against potential predators.
There you have it: a sturdy spear good for self defense and harvesting small game and fish.
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Your DIY survival spear will work great to take down small game and fish, but when it comes to larger game you’ll need a more heavy-duty weapon. Check out our DIY compound bow tutorial to learn how to make a weapon that packs an even bigger punch!
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