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"Asking new questions, setting new possibilities, dealing with old problems under a new angle, demands of creative imagination and signals true evolution"


Albert Einstein


LIGHTER, STRONGER, UNIQUE


Although during the '90s, spearfishing techniques such as ambushing and planing were starting to become more and more popular, having to deal with a whole different kind of challenges (such as the big sea breams which would always stay at the tail of the school or those monstrous blackfish that would vanish into thin air splits of seconds before firing the shot), brought the weaknesses of the spear guns used until then to the surface.

What is more, the omnipotent yellow-fin tuna as well as the combating tunnies (and generally all the very large marine food, usually of the warm waters) made it clear that there existed no compatible means for this type of fishing. A man's passion for underwater fishing in combination with his inquiring mind, gave Stavros Amaksopoulos the idea which ultimately led him to one great challenge:

The conversion of conventional spear guns into "heavy-duty" ones.

His long experience - since 1978 - in these particular techniques was what triggered his eternal quest for a spear gun that would combine suppleness, durability and strength.

Background

Until 1987, the main transformation performed on spear guns sold widely in the market was the replacement of the tube with another, stronger one. The main goal was, of course, the reduction of the gun's warping (usually caused by the powerful rubbers already being used), but also the increase of the new tube's weight, which would help reduce recoil.

However simple those transformations may sound in theory, though, their application calls for a whole other series of problems that have to be dealt with, such as:
  • The trigger devices, which could simply not hold the extra rubbers

  • The ramrods, which would warp or curve upon firing the gun

  • The negative buoyancy of the gun and it's incapacity to move sideways

These problems continued to look for solutions, either by trying out new design methods, or by using innovative materials or finally, by applying the latest high tech developments on the spear gun trigger devices.

The results of the many persistent tests and failure analysis, the countless underwater video recordings, as well as the recurring corrections even in the seemingly insignificant details in design, turned out to be very promising and eventually, in 1996, the first approach of a new spear gun was attempted. The aluminum tube was replaced by a wooden one, the weak trigger mechanism was replaced by a stainless steel one and the hooks were redesigned. Finally, the ramrods became thicker and heavier. And so the efforts for succeeding an extended shot continue...

By the year 1998, a powerful wooden spear gun was achieved, though still with many problems concerning sideways movement, inadequate durability in hard conditions, as well as a very demanding maintenance. That was unfortunately far from the vision of the "ultimate" spear gun. At the same time, open-sea spearfishing demands began to grow and this fact allowed no room for mistakes. The sea-paths of the yellow-fin tuna had to be explored and the riddle of the tunnies' mysterious behaviour had to be unravelled.

A few years of research and processing of the information gathered followed, until finally, the "big fish" was caught! The year 2000 was not only a milestone but also a great "challenge": although the secret paths of various fish types such as the tuna, the amberjack, as well as the rest of the tunnies had been discovered, the ultimate spear gun had not yet been achieved. There was still a long way to go until the top could be reached. Thus, the need for a completely new spear gun design was becoming apparent. Day by day, shot by shot, the exhausting tests and the thorough analysis of all the underwater video recordings, as well as the careful examining of the already manufactured samples' technical specifications, would all aim at four main and non-negotiable targets:

  1. The minimum shot length from the ramrod point should be 6 m. and should also be able to penetrate any type of prey it comes across.

  2. Suppleness, so that the spear gun would be able to easily follow the frantic movement of all kinds of fish, whether it is a 2-kilo-sea bream or a tunny of 60 kilos.

  3. The size and volume of the spear gun should be totally balanced, so that the shots fired can be of excellent precision and of the minimum recoil possible.

  4. Multiformity in use, with the only transformation possible, being that of the shaft weight


Today, after numerous different combinations of using composite material with CARBON, I proudly present to you the new product series of MYTHICON.
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