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Juan Cocinas




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PostPosted: Sat 08 Sep, 2012 10:28 am    Post subject: Protection for Spearheads         Reply with quote

Hi all, what kind of covers or sheaths have been used historically to protect spearheads from rust and/or the elements? Aside from a coat of oil, that is Happy I'm thinking in terms of the spear equivalent of a dagger sheath. Thanks much.
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PostPosted: Sat 08 Sep, 2012 5:32 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Leather sheaths have been used in Europe (for naval boarding pikes) and in Africa (also rawhide sheaths). African sheaths sometimes only cover the edges of the head, not the whole head.

In Indo-China, Malaya, Indonesia, and the Philippines, wooden sheaths are common, sometimes ornately carved.

In Japan, lacquered wooden sheaths, or highly decorated wooden sheaths.

Not just to protect the head from the environment, but also to protect the environment from the head.

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