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How to make a Dutch Arrow (centrifugally stabilized javalin)

Step 8: Throw!

Wrap a length of string around the stick and wrap it over it self. On the first turn do 2-3 turns to start with and add more when comfortable. Wrap the last turn into the notch this must be the fore most wrap.

You can tie the end of the string around your wrist or finger and wrap the rest around your hand.

Give it a throw and watch it go. Don’t forget to follow through to pull off all of the string.

As a key : you want the string to make the stick spin in the same direction as the flights make it spin.

I have heard that you can thorw it up to around 200 yards, with practice and on my first go I got to 30 meters or more! So get makeing and try to beat the target!!
 
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Phnom Penh3 years ago
I remember making these as a kid.
We didn't used to make them spin, though - and we used to get around 100m throws with them.

Please excuse an old fart jumping on your instructable - it's a good one and you've brought back many happy memories - thanks.

Try these ideas....

1. Use a lighter stick than a broom handle, and make it about as long as your arm - perhaps a little longer, but not much. 1/2 inch wooden dowel works well.
2. Add a small weight to the front end to bring the centre of balance forward, a few bolt washers or a nut normally does it.
3. When you make the notch for the string, don't put it at the centre of balance, as the longer the string, the more leverage is applied to the throw. Experiment with distances for throws, and put the notch over 3/4 of the way back from the point of the arrow.
4. Don't angle the flights to induce spin, keep them straight with the shaft and trim the leading corners at an angle leading to the shaft (like a swept airplane wing). Playing cards work well as flights with 1/2 inch dowel.
5. Don't coil the throwing string many times around the shaft. Tie a knot right at the end of the string and wrap the string around the notch in the shaft 1 time, then KEEPING THE STRING VERY TIGHT, pass it over the knot and stretch it to the throwing hand, twist the string around your first 2 fingers and throw the arrow from your first 2 fingers - following through to pull the string with the throw. Experiment with throwing technique.

PLEASE be very careful, these things are lethal.
tledgerwood (author)  Phnom Penh3 years ago
thanks for the pointers mate! i learnt how to make this on camp but as other scouts weren't so good at descriptions and we couldn't make them on camp (due to how a previos scout managed to thow one into another campsite and through some poor souls tent!) so i tried to fill in the gaps. come a few years later and thats the result. Those tips shall be a real help as i now can't get further than 40 meters
Forgot to mention, throw the arrow from just behind the weight at the front end - keeps a longer string and goes farther.
Enjoy, and don't kill anyone, please.
LaBeasy3 years ago
can you get a picture of how it is supposed to be wrapped? thanks!
tledgerwood (author)  LaBeasy3 years ago
all its got to do is not slip forward down the shaft and for the wrap to lock the one beneath.