Mogensthegreat Posted July 25, 2016 Report Share Posted July 25, 2016 For many years, humans had only one way of flinging sticks with pointy rocks on them, and that was the atlatl. Atlatls have been used for ~30,000 years and was what people used to hunt fuckin' megafauna, so you know they're cool. There are many interesting varieties of atlatl, like the Baton of commandment Loop Fork and Cord Cup (one that holds the dart in a hollowed-out area at the back of the atlatl) Spur or Hook (one that has a spur at the back which hooks into the dart like a bowstring in nocks on an arrow), which is my favorite It is really easy to make an atlatl and a couple darts with hand-knapped tips and some fletchings. I use an atlatl with an antler spur tied on to an ash stick, which is more secure than it sounds, and 1.5 m willow darts with hand-knapped quartzite dart-heads, (sadly without fletchings due to a personal lack of feathers), and they go pretty far, 30-50 yds, but they tend to flip around due to the aforementioned lack of fletchings. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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