Primitive Spear Fishing – All You Need To Do To Make Your Own Fishing Spear

Primitive Spear Fishing

Intrigued by all the primitive spear fishing that you can see on the various videos available on the internet? Read this article to find out how you can make your own spear and catch some real fish!

Pick Your Sapling

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Pick a tall, straight sapling, around two inches in breadth. Begin by making a pressure cut around the edge of the tree with my blade. There is no carving associated with this technique. You are just applying substantial weight while turning the blade around the wood. Do this to the thick end of the tree: the part that is nearest to the roots.

Carve Out One Side

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After you have successfully made the weight cut, cut away just on the short side. As you shave away the wood, the short end becomes pointed and the long end stays leveled.

Make A Clean Break

The wood has now been weakened precisely where you need. One simple tap with the back of your knife separates it completely. Dispose of the short segment of stick.

Support And Align The Knife

Secure the small end of the sapling against a durable surface, for example, a fallen tree or a big stone. Place the straight part of your blade over the newly broken end. Ensure it rests exactly in the center.

Make The First Split

Look up for a wrist-thick bit of wood and tap the back of the blade. This will let the blade split the wood in an easy and controlled way.

Split Again

Once done, make another split in the exact same manner. This time it should be perpendicular to the first split that you have made. This will divide the ends of the saplings into four even areas.


Once you are done, lash the cordage around the sapling around 18 inches or so from the end. This will guarantee that the wood doesn’t continue parting past this point.

Spreader Sticks

Now look up and cut two little twigs that are slightly more than the width of the sapling.

Work Them In

One by one, slide the twigs as far up and near the lashing as could possibly be done. You may need to pry the wood with your hand to make the twigs fit. The spear now slowly comes to life here as the four segments spread out.

Last Cord Wrap

Now tie up these two together using a jute cord. This keeps them secure and firm.

Carve And Clean The Outside

Start shaving the outer side of every prong segment to ensure a harmless and smooth grip.

Finishing Touches

You can now add the final details by shaving out a portion from within the prongs. To do this, balance out the spear and then gradually and delicately pull the blade towards you by using the bended bit of the edge to cut.

The Finished Product

Voila! You have your primitive fishing spear all ready for you to go out and catch some fish!

Final Words

Whatever you are doing, make sure to be extremely careful with the blade so that you don’t hurt yourself or others in the process.

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