Magnet fishing is a great alternative to metal detecting for those who are on a budget or just want to try something new. The technique is simple yet effective, attach a really strong magnet to a rope and toss it in any body of water. As you pull in the line any metal objects within 4 inches of the magnet will attach themselves. You never know what you might reel in, old coins, relics and other valuables. Magnet Fishing Tips
# 1 Be careful! These magnets are extremely powerful, you could lose a finger if you come too close to a heavy metal object with your finger in between.
#2 Use strong rope and tie a good knot. You never know what lies beneath the waters surface, if your magnet gets attached to something heavy like an old car you may lose it if you rope breaks or your knot comes untied.
#3 Location, Location, Location. Just as it is with metal detecting location is everything. Though every body of water is bound to have some metal, if …
I recently took a trip to East Germany to do some WW2 relic hunting. Equipped with my Garrett Ace 150 metal detector and an old German Army shovel I borrowed from my Father in law I wandered the mossy forest looking for old Army foxholes. The small town, about an hour east of Berlin, lies just on the border to Poland. A peaceful town with a not so peaceful history. This area was a hot spot during WW2 when the Nazi's were pushed out of Poland, across the eastern front of Germany and into Berlin. Even without a metal detector, you can find evidence of war all over the area.
Metal Detecting WW2 Relics Here are just some of the finds from my 4 day adventure. Though the first 2 days were slow, I soon found a hot spot of trenches and began finding WW2 relics one after another. Though a lot of it was trash and none of it was treasure, I thoroughly enjoyed digging up the past and holding in my hands small pieces of history that have been hidden underground for 70 years.
Loket Castle, Czech Republic
Loket castle is a gothic style 12th-century castle. I have come today to visit the dungeon where I can view all types of medieval torture devices.
Torture Chamber The rack, a human stretching device, imagine the sound of joints popping out of there sockets. In addition to the unimaginable pain of being stretched to pieces, the victim was often poked and prodded with hot pokers and other tools.
Medieval torture devices varied greatly in their complexity. Some were as simple as the ol' red-hot poker and others, like the breaking wheel seen below, were meant to torture and then display the victim to an eager crowd in the town square.
The breaking wheel was a brutal device. The victim's limbs were smashed and twisted into the spokes of a wagon wheel-like structure. Once the victim was weaved in tight, they would be hosted atop a pole and spun around for eager townspeople to gawk at.
This silly mask was worn by women who gossip too much. Torture by h…