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Author Topic: Pics Of Your Spear  (Read 14091 times)

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Re: Pics Of Your Spear
« Reply #20 on: Feb 03, 2011, 05:48 PM »
Very nice.  Are you the craftsman?

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Re: Pics Of Your Spear
« Reply #21 on: Feb 13, 2011, 02:30 PM »
hey, i'm new to this site. i'm looking to buy a new spear.  i have a nine tine i bought from knutsons in brooklym mi and i speared a pretty good pike with and it swam off and bent my tines so, now i'm looking for good one that wont bend.  i really like some of the ones you guys made.  would anyone be interested in making one for me?

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Re: Pics Of Your Spear
« Reply #22 on: Feb 26, 2011, 02:32 PM »
hey, i'm new to this site. i'm looking to buy a new spear.  i have a nine tine i bought from knutsons in brooklym mi and i speared a pretty good pike with and it swam off and bent my tines so, now i'm looking for good one that wont bend.  i really like some of the ones you guys made.  would anyone be interested in making one for me?
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before you ask someone to make you a spear there alot of things YOU need to do.     
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#1 - number of tines, length of tines and size  (width/diameter of tine  and size of head/spacing of tines).     might as well add material to this too.   carbon steel, stainless, chrome-moly, etc. . . .round, square or hex stock. 
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#2 - weight and balance.
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#3 length of handle and material.  top of handle included in this - straight shaft, tapered, or ball top. a wood handle is harder to balance than metal, etc.  a 6 foot long handle is harder to true and balance than a 4' handle.   the thicker the handle material, the easier it is to balance = 1/2'' handle is EZ'er to work with than 1/4''.
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#4 - type of barbs. silver soldered or brazed on or,  cut and notched from shaft with a saw/grinder.
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#5 weighted head or just the stock/material for weight.           NOTE, the heavier the head, the easier it is to guide.        never ''throw'' a spear.
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#6. you've already felt the pain of a production spear.   Knutsons is a reputable seller/store, they can't cover all the bases.   the spears they sell are like from other stores, they are production made, cheap to buy.    not the best ever.  modifiable, maybe.
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good spears are not cheap.   custom spears are more money yet.      heat treating alone cost around $50.00 for me added to the cost of the spear material and labor.    add cyro treatment on top of that (heat to 300 degrees - freeze to -300 degrees) is another $40.00.   that's $90.00 after the spear has been ''built''.   
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not trying to scare you off on anything you think you want.    a custom rifle always costs more than one off the rack at wal-mart.          will the custom shoot better and be more reliable than the wally-world gun? probably.           is it worth the $ $ $?          totally up to you.
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a good spear will last 4+ lifetimes.   my 5 tine back-up spear is over 60 years old. hand built.  PRICELESS.     my main sticker is a handmade 7 tine - 1 1/2'' spacing, cut barb, 1/4'' carbon steel, round stock tines, heat treated and cyro'd.  add a 5' x 1/2'' shaft, ball top, golf club, tapered grip material at 4'.   cost? , you guess.   
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90% of the comercial built spears sold today will hold 90% of the fish cleanly hit for under $70.00.   it's the other 10%-10% that bothers me.
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i know not all readers will agree with this post,  but, i had to say it.    i'll take my custom rifle to the deer blind,   i'll take the custom built, S&W 45acp revolver with it.       i'll take the custom spear(s) to the shack and that's just the way it works in my world.   i'll live without ''other things'' in my life to have what i ''want''.   that includes the St. Croix 9' sc-IV steelhead rod and the 13'-6'' Sage that goes to the river with me along with the shimano sustain reels.
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bragging - NO - eating PB&J, canned pasta, or bologana to have toys i want - Y E S. drinking cheap beer instead of Bud, Y E S.   Canadian Hunter instead of Jack Daniels, Y E S.     Trader Vic's instead of Capt. Morgan,  Y E S.    in my world, i can live with it.   
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always keep your spear protected in a holder of some sorts when not in use.    never grind on a good spear.   never more than a medium file and a whetstone after it has been properly tuned and balanced.  P E R I O D.
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best of luck. spearing pike, burbot and whitefish make the winters bearable around here.
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Re: Pics Of Your Spear
« Reply #23 on: Feb 28, 2011, 11:04 AM »
couldn't agree more.  Where I live most people are spearing with the old 20-40 year old spears.  Why?  Because they are the best.  Handmade, fly true, dont splash and make noise, the fish don't get off. 
I just go out there day by day do'n the best I can.  Some day I be the hero some day I be the goat.....Today I be the goat. (Kirby Puckett)

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Re: Pics Of Your Spear
« Reply #24 on: Mar 05, 2011, 04:57 AM »
thanks for the info.  i'll have to do some shopping in the offseason.  i've heard alot about the amish made spears.  but, where would i start looking?

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Re: Pics Of Your Spear
« Reply #25 on: Mar 08, 2011, 06:18 PM »
Here are a few pictures of my first attempts at making some spears:




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Re: Pics Of Your Spear
« Reply #26 on: Dec 10, 2011, 02:07 PM »
Dave Pawlak Darkhouse spear, with a little of my own doodling on it.




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My New Baby
« Reply #27 on: Feb 13, 2012, 02:15 PM »
Just received my new baby, an Evolution Spear custom made to my specs by IS member Blackhawk.

This thing is even more amazing in person.


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Re: Pics Of Your Spear
« Reply #28 on: Feb 13, 2012, 02:21 PM »
I hand forged this spear on a 180 year old anvil, last spring. This was one of the first things I forged so I was just learning at the time and I plan to make somemore this year now that I've had alot more time forgeing.


P2121261 by jasonmichalski, on Flickr


P2121262 by jasonmichalski, on Flickr
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Re: Pics Of Your Spear
« Reply #29 on: Feb 13, 2012, 02:48 PM »
this spear was given to me by my grandpa. he said a old Neighbor gave it to him years ago when he lived on the Saginaw bay.
It's a take down spear and can fit in a bucket I think it's a perch herring spear.
The head next to my forged spear for size purposes.

P2121264 by jasonmichalski, on Flickr

P2121265 by jasonmichalski, on Flickr

P2121266 by jasonmichalski, on Flickr
The next pic is the bottom of the shaft , but the head is form a spear that my Dad just gave me last week he told me the same story of how he got it as my Grandpa. My Dad years ago didn't know the head came off so when he decided to make it warmer for spring sucker spearing he cut the handle in half and put a broom stick on it. He said it was just a rod with a hole at the end. I took off the head and I'm going to make a new shaft. I think the same person made both spears because if you look close at the pics they are the same except for the size,and the pike spear head has a brace at the back, and when I tried the larger head on the shaft of the perch spear it screwed right on. I tried it like that this weekend and will have it on its own shaft by next weekend.

P2121267 by jasonmichalski, on Flickr

P2121263 by jasonmichalski, on Flickr ;D

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Re: Pics Of Your Spear
« Reply #30 on: Feb 13, 2012, 09:17 PM »
Spear my cousin built me!

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Re: Pics Of Your Spear
« Reply #31 on: Mar 30, 2012, 11:30 AM »
I just saw this same spear on an e-article in Field and Stream...are you Dave, or is that spear and "emblem" the maker's trademark?

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Re: Pics Of Your Spear
« Reply #32 on: Apr 18, 2012, 06:21 PM »
His name is Scott Johnson and owns the welding shop in portage mi.  Field and stream,  I would be very surprised as he has only made a few of these.

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Re: Pics Of Your Spear
« Reply #33 on: Apr 23, 2012, 01:31 PM »
The e-article was called "Killer Decoys"...Here is a link to the pic.  Looks pretty similar.

http://www.fieldandstream.com/photos/gallery/fishing/2012/03/fish-decoys?photo=2#node-1001465193
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Re: Pics Of Your Spear
« Reply #34 on: Apr 30, 2012, 05:36 AM »
The spears look to be from the same maker and both from michigan. They look great any how. thanks for shareing guys.

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Re: Pics Of Your Spear
« Reply #35 on: May 01, 2012, 06:54 PM »
You are correct, my cousin did make that spear as well. His cabin near Cadillac isnt too far from the guy highlighted in the article.  They are buddies and he obviously is a fan of the Johnson spear.

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Re: Pics Of Your Spear
« Reply #36 on: Jan 21, 2013, 08:30 PM »
This is my second attempt at making a spear this one came out good. It throws great and I have to give the fish several kicks to get it off of the spear. The whole spear is mild steel, the barbs are 3/16 round stock TIG welded on, the tines are 1/4 round stock, the center hub is 1 1/2 round stock and the handle is 1/2 round stock. The spears weight is 8 1/2 and overall length is 62. Besides the barbs the rest of the spear is MIG welded. Any comments /criticism is welcome. I want the next one I build to be better so fire away!!!!




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Re: Pics Of Your Spear
« Reply #37 on: Feb 02, 2013, 07:55 AM »
Almost done with a new spear I'm hammer forging, just need to weld on the center tine make a better wedge, and polish it up.

IMG_20130201_182720 by Darkhouse Forge Decoys and Spears, on Flickr
 
IMG_20130201_221932 by Darkhouse Forge Decoys and Spears, on Flickr


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Re: Pics Of Your Spear
« Reply #39 on: Feb 19, 2013, 07:18 PM »
few new old spears for my collection

861452_337490043018269_1306074106_o by jasonmichalski, on Flickr

 

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