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While we’re on the subject of dastardly dangerous DIY, here’s a piece on how to turn a railroad spike into a rope dart, an ancient Chinese martial arts weapon. This video shows how a rope dart is used by a trained Kung Fu artist. Flailed around by someone who doesn’t know what s/he is doing is obviously a recipe for a knock-out, or worse, so proceed with all sensible caution.

How to Make a Rope Dart from a Rail Road Spike – Link

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelancer writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture, including the first book about the web (Mosaic Quick Tour) and the Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Building Robots. He is currently working on a best-of collection of his writing, called Borg Like Me.


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  1. W.R. Stroman, Bladesmith says:

    When you are grinding the point , DO Not grind it with the point up as shown on the belt grinder. This could cut into the belt, and cause it to catch the spike , and fling it toward you!! Grind it with the point down, and all will be OK.