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The Machete Slingshot: Crazy or Awesome?

Are you tired of those regular kids slingshots that only shoot tiny pellets? If so, one slingshot enthusiast has the thing for you: a slingshot that shoots machetes.

Yes, Jörg Sprave, who runs The Slingshot Channel over at YouTube, constructed this massive, six-foot long slingshot designed to launch giant machetes.

While some are criticizing this cool contraption as dangerous and impractical, others are praising it as the weapon of choice in the event of an inevitable Zombie Apocalypse. Since it probably doesn’t have any real use, zombie decapitation is most likely all it’s good for.

Although I don’t recommend you create one of these weapons for obvious reasons (i.e. machete in the face), it is surprisingly easy to build. All Sprave did was construct a sort of wooden crossbow/rifle about six-feet long, and on one end put two reinforced points to hold the band. On the other end, he put a notch for the machete to rest and a lever to lift it up over the notch. He used an old crossbow rubber band and placed it on an incision he made in the blade to propel the machete.

I’d bet the major key is to reinforce the band and the two points, because just one break in the wood or rubber band could be disastrous. As you can see in the video below, he already suffered a minor injury after a mishap during trial runs.

The amazing thing about this ultimate machete slingshot is not just that it works, but that it works extremely well.

So, what do you think. Is this machete slingshot crazy, awesome or crazily awesome?


Timothy Martinez Jr. is the community director for Knife Depot and the editor of The Cutting Edge. If you have any questions or ideas for The Cutting Edge, you can contact him at
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  1. good and fucking crazy. i can see myself owning one of these.

  2. notice the epic cut on his arm at the end of the video… kids, don’t try this at home 🙂

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