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August 26, 2010

Friends are concerned…

Filed under: Drilling,Finishing,Historical Material,Of Interest,Proper Tools,Turning,Wood — Stephen Shepherd @ 6:05 am

that my focus lately on making weapons is out of character.  I am basically a non violent person, I think killing is wrong and I have never been in a physical fight.  Although I have no problem assailing people verbally I never take it to the next level.  However I do seem to have and make a lot of personal protection devices.

So after a friend told me of a cudgel enhanced with hob nails, I decided to put a few to good use.  Turned of hard maple, I had to pre-drill the holes for the hobnails.  It is finished with a coat of linseed oil/turpentine.

No more mollycoddling those sensitive types.

Stephen

3 Comments »

  1. nice! I have been wanting to turn an authentic “night stick” like they used to. problem is that they used to use Lignum Vitae, which is a little costly. I just finished making a pair of wooden “samurai” swords that I had to steam bend in order to get the gentle arc. Next up is a “Kanobo” which is just like what you made, only 3′-6″ long and about 3″ in diameter. after that perhaps a naginata
    http://www.nihonzashi.com/japanese_weapons_misc.aspx

    Comment by trevor — August 28, 2010 @ 10:34 am

  2. Trevor,

    Let me know if you need any hobnails. I also got your post about the original shipment of rope you sent me, interesting. I am still interested, try sending it again. That rope is wonderful, made a nice length with toggles on each end and used with a tom fool knot [handcuff sheepshank], yet another personal protection item. I have a bit of that flax rope left and would like to fashion a small monkey’ fist.

    Stephen

    Comment by Stephen Shepherd — August 28, 2010 @ 7:00 pm

  3. “…have been wanting to turn an authentic “night stick” like they used to. problem is that they used to use Lignum Vitae, which is a little costly.”

    My grandfather was a big-city motorcycle cop in the 1920’s and 30’s. I have his nightstick, and it is most definitely not lignum vitae – it might actually be beech. Surprisingly, it is only about a foot long.

    Comment by The Real Old Salt — September 18, 2010 @ 10:53 pm

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