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Archer's pick.

Postby Marcus Woodhouse » Tue Jul 29, 2008 8:03 pm

Having just found myself the proud owner of a Rod Matless archer's pick courtesy of Rolly I'm wondering when said blade was in use and if it's a tool or a weapon. It can, by the way, split logs (not tree trunk sized ones of course but healthy three incher ones) with some ease. I'm only getting information that they are a 14th century tool. Does anyone have any more they can tell me?


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Postby Tod » Wed Jul 30, 2008 12:18 pm

Stupid question (maybe) what is an archers pick?



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Postby Jim » Wed Jul 30, 2008 2:09 pm

Tod wrote:Stupid question (maybe) what is an archers pick?


Apparently it "looks like a stout dagger with a blade about 7-8 inches long."


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Postby Marcus Woodhouse » Wed Jul 30, 2008 3:02 pm

It looks like a medieval Bowie knife.


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Postby Tod » Wed Jul 30, 2008 3:54 pm

Used for sharpening stakes?



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Postby bournio » Wed Jul 30, 2008 5:34 pm

Presumably! or getting arrows out of wood, or chopping anything going


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Postby Marcus Woodhouse » Thu Jul 31, 2008 2:25 pm

So the answer is nothing. fair enough I'll wear it until someone tells me not to in that case.


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Postby fezbat » Sat Aug 02, 2008 3:30 pm

bit of history and where to buy one
http://www.interknife.co.uk/shopping/archerspick.html


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Postby Marcus Woodhouse » Sat Aug 02, 2008 7:26 pm

Yeah thats all I got to.


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Postby fezbat » Sat Aug 02, 2008 7:41 pm

I was given mine by a friend in the states(who made it), saying every archer should have one for looking for arrows in the long grass. it covers pretty much all the uses of a machete really and as such is a really useful weapon/tool! and no doubt was used as such. Also as it is under 2ft long it qualifies as a true shortsword.[/img]


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Postby the real lord duvet » Thu Aug 07, 2008 9:46 pm

some salesman wrote

"a useful arrow finding tool"


How can a knife FIND an arrow. does it has a strange magnetic power or act like a divination rod?



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Postby chrisanson » Thu Aug 07, 2008 11:07 pm

the real lord duvet wrote:some salesman wrote

"a useful arrow finding tool"


How can a knife FIND an arrow. does it has a strange magnetic power or act like a divination rod?



like useing wire to find arrows in long grass. slid it in and lift, if there is an arrow there you find it



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Postby Marcus Woodhouse » Fri Aug 08, 2008 3:33 pm

Ah, a bit like you do when searching for mines. (Except you try not to flip them out of tall grass.) :shock:


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Postby bournio » Fri Aug 08, 2008 3:51 pm

Yeah... and if you're being inauthentic a rake works really well!


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Postby chrisanson » Fri Aug 08, 2008 10:15 pm

Marcus Woodhouse wrote:Ah, a bit like you do when searching for mines. (Except you try not to flip them out of tall grass.) :shock:



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Postby Marcus Woodhouse » Fri Nov 28, 2008 8:07 pm

Anyone interested in buying this off me? It doesn't match the rest of my kit and I don't like using it. It's had the edge ground down so I could take it into school but it would not take much to bring it up to the original sharpness.


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Postby Flesh&Blood » Fri Nov 28, 2008 9:16 pm

Tart! It was like a razor when I gave it to you :lol:

I have found it useful for:

Cutting rope (does 1 inch hemp in one swipe)
Splitting Kindling (wide back allows it to be hammered with a log)
Cutting big joints of meat to size (cut a sheep in half with it)
No doubt would be good for winkling out a man from his harness.

Tis also great for flailing around and frighting the sh*te out of anyone watching.

Word of caution, I wouldn't use it for removing arrow heads from wood, as the tip can break easily (this one is 100% intact).



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Postby Marcus Woodhouse » Sat Nov 29, 2008 12:08 pm

I think I need to wait and save up for something a little more cosmpolitain and not so provinical. I have my standards, and i'll raise them for no man!


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Postby Laffin Jon Terris » Sat Nov 29, 2008 4:38 pm

Flesh&Blood wrote:
Word of caution, I wouldn't use it for removing arrow heads from wood, as the tip can break easily (this one is 100% intact).


Now thats the one thing I would have expected it to be good at with a name like "Archers Pick".

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Postby Flesh&Blood » Sat Nov 29, 2008 6:41 pm

:roll: the tips are surprisingly fragile if abused. I've seen a few that have had to be re ground to profile. Same as a lot of knives that get broken it's abuse through misuse, not many knives can stand being poked into a reasonably seasoned bit of wood, and have a burly bloke push down against the flat side of the blade without something giving.

edit, this is why you have to be carefull when buying a Fairbaine Sykes commando knife, most people think they are for throwing and general use, whereas their primary function was an efficient stabbing knife designed to pierce flesh, not wood or anything dense. Lots on the open market are about 1/4 to 1/2 an inch short due to being reground :(



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Re: Archer's pick.

Postby Marcus Woodhouse » Mon Jul 09, 2012 9:13 pm

Four years on this has become my favourite all time knife. How wrong can you be?


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