15 Human Weapons Made From Animal Weapons

15 Human Weapons Made From Animal Weapons


Lacking claws, armour or stabbing teeth, humans are easy targets for predation. But thanks to our big, beautiful brains, we figured out early on how to co-opt the killing tools of nature’s top hunters for our own defence — and offence. Here are some of the best examples of technology mimicking nature. Or just straight up stealing from it.

Top picture: Library Of Congress

Shark Tooth Sword, Kiribati


Picture: imbrettjackson

Calusa shell clubs


Picture: bob reid

Tebute, a Gilbertese shark tooth weapon


Picture: Joshua Drew et al./PlosOne

Swordfish bill dagger


Picture: mauifishingputters.com

Shark Tooth Sword, Micronesia, Gilbert Island


Picture: oceaniaart.com

Bering Sea walrus ivory harpoon point


Picture: Herigate Auctions

Shark tooth club from the Pacific Islands. Peabody-Essex Museum


Picture: Margaret Killjoy

Blue marlin bill dagger with tiger shark teeth


Picture: mauifishingputters.com

Western Pacific turtle bone axe


Picture: Carter’s Price Guide to Antiques

Eskimo darts made of ivory and caribou bone


Picture: New World Antiquities

Stingray barb dagger and cassowary bone dagger from New Zealand


Picture: M. A. Lurig

Whale Bone War Club, circa 1800, Nuu-chah-nulth or Makah


Picture: Travis S.

Bone Blade Knife


Picture: Practical Abstractions

Azilian bone harpoon


Picture: Didier Descouens/Wikimwdia Commons

Eskimo fishing spear made from the horns of a musk ox


Picture: John Tyman

Images curated by Attila Nagy.