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Marlin spike with 'fern' curl handle and 'bodkin' point $15.00 +S/H&I
Marlinspike (pronounced /ˈmɑrlɨnspaɪk/, sometimes marlin spike, marlinespike, or the archaic marlingspike) is a tool used in ropework for tasks such as unlaying rope for splicing, untying knots, or forming a makeshift handle. A marlinspike is a polished cone tapered to a rounded or flattened point, usually 6 to 12 inches long, although sometimes 26" or longer, depending on what ply and size of rope they are intended for. The marlinspike is a tool made from metal, usually iron or steel, differentiating it from the fid which is similar in shape and function but made from wood or bone. The marlinspike may be a separate tool or one item on a pocket knife.
Sailors who become quite proficient at knot tying, sewing, and use of the marlinspike can be known as marlin spikes, or marlin spike seamen. The body of knowledge that includes knotting and splicing is called marlinespike seamanship.
For splicing, the marlinspike is inserted into laid rope and levers open a strand to form a hole, thereby allowing larger items to be inserted into the lay.
Marlinspikes may be required to untie knots that tighten up under tension. A very tight knot becomes impossible to pick apart without the spike, which may be slipped between the various pieces of line.
Used in conjunction with a marlinspike hitch, the spike can form a handle to comfortably produce more tension on a rope than by gripping with the hand alone.
The word marlinspike comes from the verb "to marl", which refers to the practice of "marling", or winding small diameter twine called marline onto larger ropes. The fish marlin is named after the marlinspike.
They were pointed iron or steel hand tools carried by deck hands (Boatswain’s Mates particularly.) Normally no shorter than 6 inches and no longer than 18, marline spikes are used in various shipboard tasks including separating the strands of heavy rope lines and prying open diverse shipboard containers. Marlinespikes were also used as hammers, paint-chippers, eating utensils, tea and coffee-stirrers, and to repair sails.
Although very useful and invaluable tools for maintaining a ship in the age of sail, they also made excellent weapons. Made of hard, durable materials and fashioned to a point they hade either good blunt instruments good for cracking a skull or as an impromptu dagger.
square stock heavy use pokie thingy for stab and eat it or the hair stick form defense school. with three twists and a curled end.
A fish hook is a device for catching fish either by impaling them in the mouth or, more rarely, by snagging the body of the fish. Fish hooks have been employed for centuries by fishermen to catch fresh and saltwater fish. In 2005, the fish hook was chosen by Forbes as one of the top twenty tools in the history of man. Fish hooks are normally attached to some form of line or lure device which connects the caught fish to the fisherman. There is an enormous variety of fish hooks in the world of fishing. Sizes, designs, shapes, and materials are all variable depending on the intended purpose of the fish hook. Fish hooks are manufactured for a range of purposes from general fishing to extremely limited and specialized applications. Fish hooks are designed to hold various types of artificial, processed, dead or live baits (bait fishing); to act as the foundation for artificial representations of fish prey (fly fishing); or to be attached to or integrated into other devices that represent fish prey (lure fishing)
The fish hook or similar device has probably been around man for many thousands of years. Examples of some of the earliest recorded fish hooks were from Palestine about 7000 BC. Man has crafted fish hooks from all sorts of materials to include wood, animal and human bone, horn, shells, stone, bronze, iron up to present day materials. In many cases, hooks were created from multiple materials to leverage the strength and positive characteristics of each material. Norwegians as late as the 1950s still used juniper wood to craft Burbot hooks. Quality steel hooks began to make their appearance in Europe in the 17th century and hook making became a task for professionals.
Upon the last show another wanted to see how to work hot metal. In doing so the idea of tent stakes came to be talked of and shown to make. They designed and brought their idea to the show this idea is a simple iron pipe with a pin through it so one can have a pre set length jug to bend tent stakes with. In the creation process the round pipe was heated and 'squared' to fit in the hardy hole. and the cross pin set. Two depths were made. And in the doing of a set of two was created. For the help a second set was made and given as well for the help in hot metal manipulation.