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Old 01-23-2010, 03:02 PM   #1
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Thought about these for awhile, this pic is from Obsidian Arts.

They basically flint nap volcanic glass. practical at all?

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They would probably be excellent for skinning and prepping hides for tanning.

Fleshy slices...

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I think it would be cool for muzzle loaders, get all primitive and stuff.

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Anyone know how to make these? I know that knapping flint or obsidian is an art and not easily done.

Some nice stuff here The Knapping Source

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There's a local park, every summer they have a one day class on this, I might have to check it out.

I wonder how brittle obsidian is.

I wonder WTF with my spelling today.

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There's a local park, every summer they have a one day class on this, I might have to check it out.

I wonder how brittle obsidian is.

I wonder WTF with my spelling today.
no smashing coconuts or prybaring scantly clad women out of wreaked cars.
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I wonder how brittle obsidian is.
It is as brittle as glass and, if dropped on a hard surface, it will shatter. Flint is a little more sturdy but breakage is to be expected with either of these cutting tools.
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One of my knifemaker friends made a few of those. The process itself is very interesting, I was working at a museum when he started to get interested so we had access to some originals as well. Flint knapping is a hoot.

But I'm an anthropologist and as such, a primitive skill buff, other people might find it boring.

You can see my buddy's work here: Diego Attwell - Bladesmith - Arte en Cuchillos just click on "Galería de fotos" and you'll see three of these flint knives. I can't download the pics from his photo gallery.

I did own the first one, and it's not the greatest cutting tool on Earth. Thank God for evolution! It does work, though. It's really bad at slicing, but it's a decent hunting knife. It's a replica of an original stone age knife, one could make a more efficient cutting tool with the same materials applying a more modern design, but we wanted to see what the real ones would perform like.

Sadly a coworker of mine dropped it on the floor and the blade broke in three pieces.

Benning, if I were you I'd take that class. It's a fun (and cheap!) hobby. Just remember to wear eye protection.

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They are incredibly sharp, sharper than a surgeon's scalpel.

They are however not durable and most time they result in shattered glass.

Practicality? None, but a great collector's knife.

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