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Was hanging around my garage one day and looking for something to do. I decided it would be fun to try and make an arrow head out of some carbon steel I had laying around. I believe I was over all successful because it pierces great, does not break, and stays pretty darn sharp. So here is a little instructable. But first:

Tools and Materials:
16 gauge carbon steel (1" x 2")
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C clamp or vise
scribe or nail
Hemp Rope (or other small strong rope for lashing)
Fletched Arrow Shaft to attach Arrowhead to
Metal Cutting Tool (Snips, hack saw, dremel, angle grinder, etc.)

So I guess as long as you have some kind of metal around (preferably steel) and your arrow and some rope this is pretty much free.

Step 1: Scribe out Arrowhead

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Scribe out the shape of your arrowhead on a piece of steel with a scribe or a nail. I made it 1" long by 1" wide with a 1" x 1" space at the back that I could clamp down so I could work on the head itself. Now that you have done that you will need to cut it out. You can use metal cutting shears if you have them, a hack saw, a jewelers saw (although this will take forever), an angle grinder, or a dremel metal cutting tool. Just make sure you take the appropriate safety precautions for whatever you are using and discard any scrap. If you are using a tool that causes sparks (dremel/angle grinder) make sure that there are no flammable materials in your workspace.
 
EmcySquare2 years ago
I was thinking....
Once you scribed the shape of the head, you might want to drill holes with a drill-press or similar tool on the lines so to have a clear notch. It's not only to make it look "nicer", but would also help to preserve the rope that would not cut or erode on those notches
JohntMurdock (author)  EmcySquare2 years ago
That is a great idea, thank you. Next time I make one I will definably do that!