How-To: Make traditional Hawaiian shark-tooth weapons

Sean Michael Ragan

I am descended from 5,000 generations of tool-using primates. Also, I went to college and stuff. I am a long-time contributor to MAKE magazine and makezine.com. My work has also appeared in ReadyMade, c't – Magazin für Computertechnik, and The Wall Street Journal.

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By Sean Michael Ragan

I am descended from 5,000 generations of tool-using primates. Also, I went to college and stuff. I am a long-time contributor to MAKE magazine and makezine.com. My work has also appeared in ReadyMade, c't – Magazin für Computertechnik, and The Wall Street Journal.

2400 Articles

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OK, so it’s not actually a tutorial–it’s a chapter from Oakland martial arts instructor Sid Campbell’s 2006 Warrior Arts and Weapons of Ancient Hawaii that’s freely available in its entirety on Google Books. I found Campbell’s book after seeing one of these lei o mano, as I think they are called, in a Discovery channel program. Before hiking to the library to check it out I thought, what the heck, I’ll see how much is available on gBooks, and was surprised to find that the chapter on shark-tooth weapons, which goes into great detail about the various traditional methods of preparing the teeth and attaching them to the handle, is all there. Thanks to Mr. Campbell and his publisher. If you’re into it, please consider buying the book.