Introduction: How to Sharpen a Stick With Fire.
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This Instructable goes over how to give a stick a very sharp tip.
This method is great for making extra arrows and also forother things like javelins,spears, and marshmallow sticks. This technique is not my idea but has probably been floating around the world for thouasands of years.
- stick(the straiter the better)
- high tech shaping device (aka a rock)
- some sort of lucky charm
Are you ready to have oodles of fun sharpening sticks? I know I am. Now lets get started...
Step 1: Build a Fire
You don't need a huge blaze for this, i just piled somesticks on top of eachother. You should build your fire accordingly to the size of the stick. For mine, I felt lazy and piled up some wood to make a simple small fire.
Step 2: Heat Up Stick
Take your stick and place the tip you want sharpened in the fire. Let it burn and char for a while. It is crucial that you put it in the fire for the right amount of time or else it could just burn up.
Step 3: Start to Shape the Stick.
Hold your stick at around a 30degree angle from rock and start rubbing your stick against the rock. Once most of the charcoal is gone from the tip repeat step 2 and keep repeating until you have the point you want. As you start to gvet you stick sharper you should move your stick to a finer rock to make it even better.
Step 4: Further More......
For different types of sticks. To make a spear you would need a thicker peice of wood. Different kinds of wood with different levels of how hard or soft they are also make a difference. There are many possibles ways to use this technnique. perhaps you could make a fire hardened wooden knife this way. I hope you have lots of fun with your new pointy stick.
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