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Old 03-23-2012, 04:56 AM   #21
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I went natural with some obsidian....knapping is pretty hard but ya get the hang of it haha
By "knapping" do you mean chipping out the arrowhead shape from obsidian? I would like to try that (and so would my son) but just don't know where to start.
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I went natural with some obsidian....knapping is pretty hard but ya get the hang of it haha
I think obsidian is one of the sharpest things on the planet. I've never knapped before, I'll try it with some creek rocks.
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I think obsidian is one of the sharpest things on the planet. I've never knapped before, I'll try it with some creek rocks.
I wouldnt try that mon ami. Find what flint looks like and make it from that.

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I think obsidian is one of the sharpest things on the planet. I've never knapped before, I'll try it with some creek rocks.
You had best find some chert or flint to use. Obsidian is literally volcanic glass (it is black in color but transmits light through it). You have to have the right material.
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Stick with flint and obsidian. Once you get an obsidian edge sharp...it stays sharp...forever lol. Unless you break it...it's somewhat brittle.

This should help ya! Just like metal working or wood working, start big, get a rough shape, refine.
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The PVC bow doesn't like target arrows. I'll make some with two feather fletchings instead of three fins.

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The PVC bow doesn't like target arrows. I'll make some with two feather fletchings instead of three fins.
The PVC bow does not interest me at all.
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If i sent you a book on it would you return it to me scratch?

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Could you give us the title and author? Thanks.
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Is the one I mentioned. Another good one is by Fred Bear. Don't know the title but it's something like the bow makers art or some such.

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I'm interested in learning to make a good bushcraft bow. What wood do you use? Can paracord make a good bowstring? Do your arrows spiral? How much draw weight is recommended? What do you make arrowheads with? Anything else?
I made a homemade crossbow when I was in high school metal and wood shop. Back in the 80's, about 100 years ago.

In wood shop I made a "rifle stock" with a channel groove and a very basic slot for a trigger mech.

In metal shop I took a leaf spring and cut it at about 30" and then down the middle with a torch. I ground the hell out of it to clean it up and cut a couple of notches in the ends along with a hole in the center at the dead center. I also made a very, very primitive lock and roller type of trigger mech to lock the cord back.

Took them it all home, assembled it with an actual crossbow string and was able to take doweling from the hardware store, notch the end and sharpen the tip with a standard pencil sharpener.

After 2 or three times the bow string would split the doweling from use, but for the first couple of firings, even without fins on the back of the "bolts" the thing would put that doweling almost completely through a hay bale.

I made a home laminate bow one time but it never produced the kind of torque or accuracy that the homemade crossbow did.

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