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Experimental knapping tools

Post by mr.hertzian cone on Sun Aug 19, 2012 12:34 pm

[img][/img] Found some pictures of knapping tools, here are the usual suspects:

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Post by mr.hertzian cone on Sun Aug 19, 2012 12:37 pm

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And some unusual suspects! I'm liking the use of fur.

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Post by grendel on Sun Aug 19, 2012 4:16 pm

That looks like Jacques Peregrin's tool kit. You can see it in use in this video.

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x8anyw_tailler-le-silex_tech

In picture one, those abraders look extremely small, can't see any advantage in that.

In picture two, 2, 4 and 5 look interesting, I've been experimenting with bracing devices for the flint myself lately.

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Post by grendel on Sun Aug 19, 2012 4:43 pm

Here's a couple of experimental devices I've come across. This looks a great idea, used to have some antler like this now will have to buy one. This stops the natural give in the wrist as you impact the flint keeping the flint in position so you get longer flakes. I can testify it works as I use similar technique when pressure flaking to get longer flakes.



The second is a mystery device from history, supposedly a pocket retoucher carried by knife owner so when the blades when dull the the layman didn't have to go to knapping to get it resharpened.



Here's a modern reproduction, made one of these myself (dangerous, got a nasty cut first use) didn't find it particularly useful. It was more difficult than retouching and you had to practice a lot. Left me thinking wouldn't it just be easier to learn to retouch.


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Post by the barnacle on Tue Aug 21, 2012 8:03 am

a few good looking bit of kit, i think they would of used whatever they could to get the job done.

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Re: Experimental knapping tools

Post by Lumpendoodle on Tue Aug 21, 2012 6:04 pm

The tool does look as if it would make it easier to get some decent pressure onto the right area.

Think I'll give the one with the copper nails a go.

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