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Instant Caltrops
instructables.com ^ | N/A | by TimAnderson

Posted on 04/15/2014 8:36:10 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar

Cut off some cross-shaped chunks from the chicken wire using a bolt cutter. Then cut the ends off again at an angle to make them sharp. Watch out for flying bits of sharp metal hitting you in the eye.

Bend the sharp wires as shown. You're done!

Be super careful with these nasty things and don't leave them lying around. These are only to carry in your pouch at the renaissance festival as part of your costume.


TOPICS: History
KEYWORDS: caltrops


1 posted on 04/15/2014 8:36:10 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar
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To: Kartographer

Ping


2 posted on 04/15/2014 8:36:32 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar (Resist in place.)
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To: Jet Jaguar

Simple and effective.


3 posted on 04/15/2014 8:38:56 PM PDT by TADSLOS (The Event Horizon has come and gone. Buckle up and hang on.)
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To: Jet Jaguar

Why, oh why, would I want to know how to make these things?


4 posted on 04/15/2014 8:39:43 PM PDT by doc1019
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To: doc1019

Useful tools for use later. I remember hanging up some fencing and I threw the remainer out.

What a waste.


5 posted on 04/15/2014 8:43:11 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar (Resist in place.)
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To: Jet Jaguar
Useful tools for use later.

For what?

6 posted on 04/15/2014 8:45:06 PM PDT by doc1019
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To: Jet Jaguar

“carry them around in a pouch at a renaissance festival”
What? Why would a guy pretending to be a lusty wench, knight, serf or friar carry around things designed to flat tires, or where a lot of bare-footy ‘free spirits’ are walking around.


7 posted on 04/15/2014 8:45:19 PM PDT by tumblindice (Are all Democrats inveterate, habitual liars?)
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To: tumblindice

I suppose if he was a guy pretending to be a wench, to make his getaway.


8 posted on 04/15/2014 8:46:56 PM PDT by tumblindice (Are all Democrats inveterate, habitual liars?)
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To: Jet Jaguar

Around here we call that Turkey Wire. Chicken Wire has thinner wire and a hexagonal pattern. I really doubt that either would be effective since they are easily bendable.


9 posted on 04/15/2014 8:47:21 PM PDT by RightGeek (FUBO and the donkey you rode in on)
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To: doc1019

Useful when running from a group of yutes intent on playing the knock-out game.


10 posted on 04/15/2014 8:48:08 PM PDT by Farmer Dean (stop worrying about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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To: doc1019

Trespassers.


11 posted on 04/15/2014 8:52:16 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar (Resist in place.)
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To: Jet Jaguar

Solid wire spines tend to seal the puncture. Hollow spines allow much more rapid tire deflation.


12 posted on 04/15/2014 8:52:22 PM PDT by Spirochete (Does the FedGov have the attributes of a legitimate government?)
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To: RightGeek

Field fence might flat a 2 1/2 ton truck tire, or even hardware cloth might work. But yeah, chicken wire is too flimsy.
Unless you’re ‘seeding’ an Occupy feed lot. I’m not suggesting anyone actually do this. We’re just talkin’.


13 posted on 04/15/2014 8:53:49 PM PDT by tumblindice (Are all Democrats inveterate, habitual liars?)
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To: Farmer Dean

Great point!

The Caltrop was originally designed to incapacitate the horses of medieval knights from what I understand.


14 posted on 04/15/2014 8:54:38 PM PDT by doc1019
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To: RightGeek

We called it hog wire where I came from. Chick wire would be an inconvenience.


15 posted on 04/15/2014 8:55:30 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar (Resist in place.)
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To: Spirochete

Hollow caltrops can be bought online. This was just a tip if you have extra fencing.


16 posted on 04/15/2014 8:57:03 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar (Resist in place.)
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To: doc1019

To toss out the window when the cops come after your hot rod Lincoln? I dunno...


17 posted on 04/15/2014 9:08:35 PM PDT by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: bigbob

LOL! Love your reference.


18 posted on 04/15/2014 9:13:10 PM PDT by doc1019
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To: Jet Jaguar

nice. much easier than cutting and welding nails.


19 posted on 04/15/2014 9:15:42 PM PDT by RC one (Militarized law enforcement is just a nice way of saying martial law enforcement.)
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To: Jet Jaguar
My sister used to have a rural property in WA state and in the middle of her drive was a tree she called the Mean Tree. It was a Black Hawthorn or Western Thornapple. (Crataegus douglasii) The thorns from broken branches would flat the tires on her tractor let alone a car tire. The books say the thorns are from 1-3 cms but the ones I saw myself were longer than that.


20 posted on 04/15/2014 9:15:47 PM PDT by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: TigersEye

My Grandmother had a tree that had spikes like that. We cut them off and put cotton on the dull end. We would use a straw as a blow gun.

Lots of fun.


21 posted on 04/15/2014 9:18:58 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar (Resist in place.)
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To: Jet Jaguar
Oh, yeah! They would make terrific darts for a blow gun.
They're sharp as needles at the tip aren't they?

Here is a better pic with the flower included. You can see that there are two thorns growing from the same node even though the tip of one is out of the frame. Makes them more effective as caltrops.

The botanical info I'm finding while searching for the pics calls it a stout bush. My sis's Mean Tree was a tree. Must have been 25' tall and sturdy enough for me to climb (with a ladder) to gather the hawthorn berries.

22 posted on 04/15/2014 9:31:20 PM PDT by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: TigersEye

My Grandma’s tree was a tree. Better than forty foot high. May be the same.


23 posted on 04/15/2014 9:33:56 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar (Resist in place.)
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To: Jet Jaguar

Ever step barefoot on the ‘fruit’ of a weed called a ‘goathead’?
Man, that’ll get your attention!


24 posted on 04/15/2014 9:34:40 PM PDT by tumblindice (Are all Democrats inveterate, habitual liars?)
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To: tumblindice

Yes!


25 posted on 04/15/2014 9:35:16 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar (Resist in place.)
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To: doc1019

In coal country and elsewhere, union members toss them on the ground in order to pop the tires of ‘scabs’ and management.

Plus, a bunch of them in a bowl on the coffee table is a real conversation starter.


26 posted on 04/15/2014 9:40:23 PM PDT by mountainbunny (Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens” J.R.R. Tolkien)
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To: Jet Jaguar
If you don't mind, what state was that in and what general type of plant zone was it?

That's supposed to be the range but it's not very specific. There are other species of Crataegus too but I don't know if any grow as big or have thorns that big.

27 posted on 04/15/2014 9:41:33 PM PDT by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: mountainbunny
Plus, a bunch of them in a bowl on the coffee table is a real conversation starter.

LOL! Best laugh I have had in days ... thanks.

28 posted on 04/15/2014 9:42:55 PM PDT by doc1019
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To: Jet Jaguar

It don’t look like chicken wire, it looks like welded mesh like heavy fencing wire. Good for bare feet or thin soled shoes.
I believe a hollow core wire would be better for tires.


29 posted on 04/15/2014 9:44:37 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Sometimes you need 7+ more ammo. LOTS MORE.)
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To: tumblindice

Goatheads actually are called caltrops in some places. Flatted many a bicycle tire on them (not to mention bare feet) in my uthe. Bot. name Tribulus terrestris. (terror of the earth)


30 posted on 04/15/2014 9:44:52 PM PDT by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: tumblindice
... where a lot of bare-footy ‘free spirits’ are walking around.

Hmmm... gay pride parade?

31 posted on 04/15/2014 9:45:25 PM PDT by Rightwing Conspiratr1
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To: tumblindice

I HATE goatheads! HATE HATE HATE! With a passion!

The trees I hate are Mesquite and black locust! I get tractor flats every time I try to brush hog the pasture.


32 posted on 04/15/2014 9:51:20 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Sometimes you need 7+ more ammo. LOTS MORE.)
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To: tumblindice

Caltrops were originally produced to hamper cavalry.


33 posted on 04/15/2014 9:53:56 PM PDT by Axenolith (Government blows, and that which governs least, blows least...)
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To: TigersEye

We always called those things “tank traps for feet”.


34 posted on 04/15/2014 9:56:51 PM PDT by Axenolith (Government blows, and that which governs least, blows least...)
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To: Axenolith
They're horrible. They were all over the school grounds which is where the neighborhood swimming pool was also. Going barefoot to and from the pool was hazardous. Wiki has a pretty good page on them with a pic of a foot full of them.

Tribulus terrestris

35 posted on 04/15/2014 10:02:20 PM PDT by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: TigersEye

Carlsbad, NM.


36 posted on 04/15/2014 10:19:41 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar (Resist in place.)
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To: Jet Jaguar

Lots of thorny stuff down there. I don’t know if Hawthorn is one of them. Mesquite was mentioned upthread and there are a few species of that. Or related acacia species plants. They aren’t very tree-like though.


37 posted on 04/15/2014 10:24:50 PM PDT by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: Jet Jaguar

I know from having kids that Legos can be almost as effective, especially in the middle of the night when you can’t see them.


38 posted on 04/15/2014 11:14:07 PM PDT by kaehurowing (FIGHT BULLYING, UNINSTALL FIREFOX)
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To: tumblindice

I think he must have meant mensch, not wench.


39 posted on 04/15/2014 11:16:49 PM PDT by kaehurowing (FIGHT BULLYING, UNINSTALL FIREFOX)
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To: Jet Jaguar

We used to call those things jax. Something about stepping barefooted on one that caused us to be good about picking every one up after playing with them. Even counting them to make sure we got every one.


40 posted on 04/15/2014 11:21:38 PM PDT by fso301
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To: doc1019

Just in case.


41 posted on 04/15/2014 11:27:24 PM PDT by 5th MEB (Progressives in the open; --- FIRE FOR EFFECT!!)
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BOOKbump


42 posted on 04/16/2014 12:12:17 AM PDT by S.O.S121.500 (Had Enough Yet ? ........................ Enforce the Bill of Rights ......... It's the LAW !!!)
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To: TigersEye

I’ve had to drive the work truck over big patches of them in CA and it’s like having the tires “studded” for snow, come to think of it, they would probably be great for that.


43 posted on 04/16/2014 12:40:38 AM PDT by Axenolith (Government blows, and that which governs least, blows least...)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

Some tire shops can fill tires with solid foam. It not only adds lots of weight, it makes tires flat proof. I had the tires on a compact tractor filled by the dealer before it was delivered. One of the tires got away from one of the techs who was trying to roll it across the floor. It ended up trapping him against the wall in a corner of the shop. It took three men to upright the tire and free him. He wasn’t hurt.

I’ve never had flats on that tractor. It’s the go to machine for mowing the nasty stuff.


44 posted on 04/16/2014 3:01:24 AM PDT by meatloaf (Impeach Obama. That's my New Year's resolution.)
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