Self-Reliance

Turning a Spoon into an Arrowhead: How To Tutorial

Being creative and having the ability to think outside of the box is incredibly useful, especially when it comes to atypical or survival-type situations. 

This is because during these times we may not have access to the materials or tools that we would like to. 

Thus, thinking outside of the box helps us to create something that we need out of something else. 

Why am I bringing this up? Because in this article I will be showing you how to create an arrowhead out of an ordinary kitchen spoon. 

Why Make One?

This is a fun cheap project to do for people that like to stay busy and tinker around in the workshop. But it does have an applicable use for hunting or as a defensive tool. 

This is an unlikely project to do in a wilderness survival situation although it can be done as long as a spoon is available. I will talk about this process a little more later in the article. 

It is more probably that this will be made in a more urban setting where proper tools, and spoons, are available. 

A spoon arrowhead can replace broken arrow tips or provide an arrowhead when other tips are not available.

Also, spoons come in all different shapes and sizes allowing you to make a variety of arrowheads that can be small, large, and of various designs. 

Lastly, spoons are incredibly abundant and cheap. A handful of spoon arrowheads can be made for the cost of one manufactured broadhead.   


The Design 

The Design

There are several forms that arrowheads can take, and you can see these by doing a simple online search. However, for this article, I will be using a simple broadhead design because it is the easiest to make. 

Once you have become comfortable with this process you can expand your designs and make all sorts of interesting and useful arrowheads

Small ones can be made for smaller targets while larger ones can be made for larger targets. Prongs or barbs can also be cut into the tip to create a tip more suitable for fishing

From Spoon to Arrowhead 

Approximate time: 1 ½ hour with hands tools but this time can be drastically reduced by using power tools 

What you will need:

  • A spoon
  • A cutting tool such as a hacksaw, grinder, Dremel tool
  • Hammer  
  • Metal file 
  • Sandpaper (optional) 
  • Sharpie Marker 
  • PPE such as gloves, eye protection, and hearing protection

Once you have gathered all your materials it is time to start turning this elegant eating utensil into a tool that can put food on the table. 

As with most projects, it is a good idea to wear safety gear. This is especially true when working with and cutting metal. Please use caution because there are a lot of sharp edges in this project. 

Step 1. 

The first thing to do is to remove the curved bowl shape from the spoon. This is an easy and somewhat stress relieving process. 

Place the spoon on a hard, flat surface. An anvil works great for this but if you do not have one then a cinderblock or the surface of a driveway can be used. 

Next, take your hammer and start pounding on the spoon until it is nice and flat. 

Step 2.

Use the sharpie marker to draw the desired design onto the spoon. 

Step 3. 

Cutaway the excess material outside of the design markings. 

There are a few different options for how this can be done. 

First, using power tools is usually the first choice because they are faster and more efficient. You could use something like a power sander, grinder, or Dremel tool. 

But if you are learning how to do this project for real-world applications, there may be a good chance that power will not be available in that situation. This brings me to option number two. 

The second option is to use hand tools such as a hacksaw, tin snips, or a metal file for removing the excess material. 

I have tried using tin snips for this project but since the spoons I use are stainless steel, tin snips do not work well. A hacksaw and metal file works much better. 

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