Weights on atlatls might be a design element that is unique to the Americas. It looks as though this innovation reached its peak of engineering in the Archaic period(around 3 to 8,000 years ago) in North America. Although the merits of their use is often debated among the atlatl community, they are shown in the Archaeological record and used in modern atlatl sport. Here we offer some tie-on models for modern atlatlist, and also some models that are replicas of those found in the Archaeological record.
Our standard atlatl weight for modern atlatls is a barstone style made in granite. It features 2 tie-on grooves at each end so that it can be added to modern atlatls, and be adjusted by the user to test performance. These barstones are about 3 to 4 inches long, 1/2 to 5/8th inches wide, and ground to a mass of around 70 grams, which is a good middleground to affect a slightly flexible thrower of around 2 feet long. Please let us know before ordering if there is a specific weight or width needed to be compatible with an existing atlatl. If wanting to order by credit card, or to order multiple items, see our ITEMS FOR SALE page.