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Post by grendel on Wed Mar 30, 2011 9:54 pm

A few things I made recently

Some Brazilian Agate I got for Xmas.




All made from small fragments of flint found on the Thames beach after watching Primitivepathways excellent "Flint Knapping the Impossible" series on you tube, where you knap lengthways rather widthways. A super vid to learn from if you have trouble getting good flint. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=usNw3...eature=related





I collected some pebbles from the Thames to try an make an Oldawan pebbel tool, had a few spare so decided to see if they could be made into arrowheads. Most difficult Knapping I ever did, never again.





Three are from decent NorfolK flint nodules so much easier to knap than the above stuff, the translutent brown stuff from the Thames. Strangest flint I've ever picked up, almost glasslike to knap. See the fossils inside, not often you get to see inside flint.





Some knife blades (will most likely never see a handle, I've got dozens from years back, never seem to make the handles), the middle one is obsidian the other two dacite slabs. This is the easiest kind of knapping.





Some larger stuff, mostly mahogany obsidian.





Anyway, that's the last two months.

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Post by grendel on Mon Feb 27, 2012 10:02 am

Here's a flint knife I made.



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Post by grendel on Sun Apr 01, 2012 6:26 am

A Dalton from Brazilian Agate.


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Post by Lumpendoodle on Sun Apr 01, 2012 10:27 pm

Amazing pattern on the Brazillian Agate, nicely knapped.

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Post by grendel on Mon Apr 02, 2012 2:10 am

It's a great material and I found out the other day it's pretty abundant in Britain. Dulcote quarry in Somerset sells the stuff by the nodule.

http://www.agatecollectinginbritain.co.uk/

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Post by grendel on Mon Apr 02, 2012 9:02 am

First day of three weeks holiday from work today............

Last night around midnight I heard the shatter of breaking glass, the guy in flat next to me returning home drunk had forgotten his keys and smashed a small pain of his front window to undo his lock.

This morning I woke up early and the corridor outside his place and mine was covered in broken glass, a grabbed a couple of likely looking shards (3 and 5 inches long) and by 10am had this. First time I've ever knapped a glass pain. Not too hard but damn slippery when trying to get the pressure flaker to grip.... Not bad for the first morning of the hols.


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Post by mr.hertzian cone on Mon Apr 02, 2012 9:41 pm

very nice Ishi point there, I've just posted a couple on the beer bottle knapping section, then found yours! I do enjoy making these... Smile

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Post by the barnacle on Tue Apr 03, 2012 9:03 pm

wow you have been busy - can i ask what thickness the glass was? thanks steve.

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Post by grendel on Wed Apr 04, 2012 2:16 am

It was 5mm standard window glass. A little thin if anything, quite fragile. Anything thinner would be difficult to knap. 6 or 7mm would've been better. If you bought a small pane one of those hand glass cutters could be used on it get many points out of it.

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