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    Ask A spearshaft manufacturer!


    This year I was given the huge opportunity to work with a legend in spearfishing. His name is Lou Bonsey and our company is called Spearcrafters.

    Lou has been diving and making spearshafts and related equipment for over 50 years and he helped design and produce (along with Lou Levine) the modern day freeshaft that many of you have used.
    Lou has made all kinds of spearfishing equipment under his former company name, B&B products, and his designs for everything from stringers to powerheads have been copied by dozens of spearfishing manufacturers.

    Anyway... I have learned a ton of stuff about spearguns and especially spearshafts that I did not know before (despite 25 years of spearfishing experience) and I would like to share some of that info with anyone interested now that the weather is changing and we won't be spearfishing quite so much.

    So... ask a question about spearshafts and if I don't know the answer I will ask Lou.
    Along the way I will try to update this thread with some of the things I learn/learned.

    Rich Taylor

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    Rich, congratulations on seizing the opportunity to work with Lou Bonsey! I buy all my shafts from Lou through Spearcrafters. He is one of the nicest and most generous people that I've dealt with. I am glad to hear that you have joined him to help continue that tradition.
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    Thanks John,
    It's fun to go to work everyday with Lou!
    He is a true craftsman in every sense of the word and he still inspects and checks for straightness every single shaft that leaves the facility.

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    Question: why do we prefer Tahitian style (flopper on top) as opposed to Hawaiian (Flopper on bottom) free shafts

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    Do they prefer Tahitian style? Whats the answer?

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    Will,
    Good question!
    Our Standard installation is flopper on the bottom (unless requested different).
    But, my personal preference is flopper on top.

    Many people claim that flopper on bottom allows gravity to make it open after it passes through the fish.
    I have never had a problem with flopper opening with flopper on top and and always subscribed to the belief that it has truer flight.
    Bottom line is that they both work and whatever you believe works will probably work just fine.

    What's much more important than where the flopper is located is how straight the shaft is and whether it is twisted.
    Ive looked at a LOT of Spears in the last few months including many other brands.
    I can tell you that an awful lot of the ones using cheap steel are bent and/or twisted.
    Doesn't make a big difference if you are simply trying to hit the fish but if you are trying to hit a "spot" on the fish (like the brain or spine) it probably does.

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