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.

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    Stone tools used to make the blade.

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

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  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++

    LMFAObiglaff
     
  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.

    Byte
     
  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

    ROFL!
     
  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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