Maasai Spear - Premium Ash Shaft
A symbol of power and strength for the proud Maasai people of East Africa is their elegant war spear. This fabled implement of the mature Maasai Moran, or warrior, is one of the most distinctive spears in the world with its long, narrow blade, short wooden handle and heavy counter balancing butt spike or “shoe”. The spear is a warriors most precious possession and never leaves his hand except to rest point up in the earth at his side. Many Maasai Moran develop such faith in the lethal power of their spear that they refuse to flee from danger as long as it is close at hand. That’s understandable since young Maasai Moran are required to kill a lion single handedly with their spear to prove their worth and manhood.
Never Unarmed proudly offers our interpretation of the famous Maasai spear based on the dozens of original spears in their President Lynn C. Thompson’s vast collection. Each spear is carefully cold forged of high carbon steel and mated with a stout ash wood handle and sturdy counter balancing spike. When fully assembled it measures 6 ft long and weighs a bone shattering 3 lbs 2 ounces!
Delivered unassembled this razor sharp Maasai spear consists of three important pieces. First, the blade that measures 22” long by 2” wide and is forged with a thick reinforcing rib that runs down the center of the blade almost to the very tip. Second, is the brown American ash shaft, with a double taper connecting which fits into twin sockets connecting butt and blade. Third, is the heavy solid steel butt spike with is also heat treated to a hard spring temper just like the fearsome blade. This butt spike serves a second purpose as its pointed tip can be used in lieu of the blade when practicing thereby preserving the razor sharp edge of the spear for serious encounters! When fully assembled these three components form a ferociously effective hunting weapon with an effective range of twenty yards or more and the ability to transfix a fully grown Cape Buffalo! Shipped in an attractive box, the Maasai spear includes a stout injection molded sheath to help protect you from unwanted contact with the razor sharp edge or point.