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Americanized Samburu. - Friday, May 05, 2017 8:23 AM ( #1 )
I love my Samburu.  So much that I got all three sizes. After experimenting, I discovered that for me personally, the lighter versions don't give significantly longer range, and are less forgiving to imperfect throws.   So I put my Micro up to use as a "pack spear".  Along with my take down blowgun.   I plan to get a fishing rod pack to stow them in. 
But, the point of the post, after thousands of throws and breaking and repairing numerous handles and making new ones from scratch,   The metal broke at the weld to the handle attachment.  No big, I certainly got my money's worth.


Well I planned to replace, but other things higher on the list,  like getting ready for the Hillary Administration.  
But I realized I could slide the shaft of the spear head in a stalk of American bamboo and still make a fine spear.  And it works.  It even throws easier with the long cane being more aerodynamic.  But carrying a long stalk of bamboo is a pain.   

Finally I realized, I could cut a length of bamboo equal to the length of the metal parts,  shove the spear end in one end and the shoe in the other, and I again have a three piece spear with the only significant difference being a bamboo handle.  And these are far easier to make than the kind that come with the spears.   I suppose for durability I could wrap the handle to keep it from splitting, but as I have a stand of bamboo providing more handles than I know what to do with and they take only a few minutes to attach (just pound them on through the segment dividers).  Why bother ?  They seem as durable as the original handles anyhow.
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Re:Americanized Samburu. - Friday, May 05, 2017 8:55 AM ( #2 )
Thanks for doing this. I'll be using it.
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Re:Americanized Samburu. - Friday, May 05, 2017 10:51 PM ( #3 )
Very good and practical idea.
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Re:Americanized Samburu. - Monday, May 08, 2017 4:36 PM ( #4 )
 Am trying a refinement.   I wrap the steel with some duct tape where it will enter the cane.   This provides some shock absorber and friction to hold it in place.   And AFTER one split' I wrapped the cane with the same tape rather than make a new one.  It seems to be holding up well.   I think for a classier look, a guy could use leather.    I'm also considering filling the segments of the bamboo with glue to do the same thing.   Btw, I also used glue on the original handles to get a perfect tight wobble free fit.
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