Obsisian Knives?

Discussion in 'Other Weapons' started by Benning Boy, Jan 23, 2010.

  1. Benning Boy

    Benning Boy New Member

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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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  2. skullcrusher

    skullcrusher New Member

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

    Fleshy slices...:D
     

  3. Benning Boy

    Benning Boy New Member

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

    dunerunner New Member

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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
     
  5. Benning Boy

    Benning Boy New Member

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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.
     
  6. cpttango30

    cpttango30 New Member

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    no smashing coconuts or prybaring scantly clad women out of wreaked cars.
     
  7. dunerunner

    dunerunner New Member

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    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.
     
  8. Franciscomv

    Franciscomv New Member

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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.
     
  9. canebrake

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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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  10. cpttango30

    cpttango30 New Member

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    OK Cane what the hell don't you have one of? Everytime I see someone ask about something you pop up with this picture of you holding one. Just how big is your house?
     
  11. Benning Boy

    Benning Boy New Member

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    I'm with you. If I started a thread called "Show us your Langstrom 7" Gangly wrench", there would be a picture of him holding two, with Colt logos on them.

    That said, that is freakin beautiful, Cane.:cool:
     
  12. canebrake

    canebrake New Member

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    I dropped mine. :(
     
  13. Gojubrian

    Gojubrian New Member

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    I don't know how useful they would be or hat they would even be used for, but I like how they look.
     
  14. Dillinger

    Dillinger New Member

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    Cutting flesh. Obsidian knives are great for skinning and cutting flesh my brother.

    JD
     
  15. Franciscomv

    Franciscomv New Member

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    Exactly. The ones I used, which where not nearly as nice as Cane's since they tried to reproduce rather crude originals, were good hunting knives.

    They weren't good slicers (because of their geometry), but some modern flint designs are actually great slicers. You need to watch out for lateral stress, though.

    Flint and obsidian arrow heads are very efficient as well, we tried them out and the only issue was that they could break inside the animal and leave sharp shards that had to be removed unless you wanted a nasty surprise in your food. We tried them out on Patagonian red stag (does, since we were stocking our freezers and they are smaller than males). Really clean cuts.

    I'm sorry to hear you dropped your knife, Cane. I know how it feels. Obsidian and flint knives are sort of like meerschaum pipes, beautiful but fragile, you just have to make peace with the fact that they'll break eventually (unless you keep them locked up in a cabinet, I'd rather enjoy them).
     
  16. Gojubrian

    Gojubrian New Member

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    Well in that case. :cool: :cool: