Making a flint cutting tool using stones.

Discussion in 'Bushcraft' started by sticks65, Aug 25, 2010.

  1. sticks65

    sticks65 Monkey++

    I thought Id give making a small flint cutting tool ago without any specialized knapping tools.

    I took a piece of flint and gave it some glancing blows with a stone to break some shards off,I did this a few times until I got a good sharp piece that I could use.

    Then I knapped the the opposite edge to the blade with a smaller stone so that it wouldn't cut me when using it,I also used this smaller stone to sand that edge smooth.

    Im really enjoying this flint knapping,but what I most enjoy is the trial and error experimentation.

    Im going to Wales next month so hope to pick up a good load of flint whilst im there.


    Stone tools used to make the blade.


    How easy it cut through this leather tells me it could easily be used to gut and skin small game.

  2. Brokor

    Brokor Live Free or Cry Moderator Site Supporter+++ Founding Member

    That's it. Your new nickname is "The Knapster". :)
  3. sticks65

    sticks65 Monkey++

  4. melbo

    melbo Hunter Gatherer Administrator Founding Member

    Nice. I used to play with obsidian chips and found the edge to be sharper than a scalpel.
  5. sticks65

    sticks65 Monkey++

    I heard a guy talking about this the other day and he was saying that it is so many times more sharper than surgical steel and he was talking from a scientific point of view and using words that went right over my head LOL:oops:
  6. Bear

    Bear Monkey+++ Site Supporter+++ Founding Member Iron Monkey

    I've seen microscopic photographs of scalpels compared to obsidian... no comparison... obsidian is way sharper!
  7. Byte

    Byte Monkey+++

    The edges can be nearly molecular thin. Has to do with the viscosity of silica when molten. If it cools fast enough no crystal lattices form. I really should have taken an actual geology course in college. Pretty handy knowledge to have.

  8. bnmb

    bnmb On Hiatus Banned

    If it cuts, it's good...crystal lattices or not...:D
  9. dragonfly

    dragonfly Monkey+++

    I have trying to find a decent piece of flint anywhere around here, but with the exception of small pieces being sold for flintlock's there is none!
    I wanted to have some in my pack....just in case I needed it!
  10. bnmb

    bnmb On Hiatus Banned

    Doesn't have to be flint...some other stones work too...
  11. Brokor

    Brokor Live Free or Cry Moderator Site Supporter+++ Founding Member

    Yeah but the Knapster has already proven how his high quality finds can alleviate that "Oh my god, just light already!" feeling when you use sub-standard flint material. [2c]

    Nothing quite says "you suck" more than snapping at a rock for an hour with little result.
  12. bnmb

    bnmb On Hiatus Banned

  13. Bear

    Bear Monkey+++ Site Supporter+++ Founding Member Iron Monkey

    Bummer... send me your addy and I'll send you some to play with... just make sure to post some pics....
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