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Post by grendel on Thu Apr 14, 2011 10:41 pm

Made this Dovetail today from a horrible nodule, every flake I took wouldn't knap because of powdery urchins, turned the whole nodule into debitage till I tried this flake, napped beautifully despite the urchin dead centre.



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Post by the barnacle on Fri Apr 15, 2011 7:10 am

wow that looks great - i think the inclusion in the centre just adds to the item, well napped.

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Post by grendel on Fri Apr 15, 2011 9:19 pm

A couple of knives I made in March




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Post by Elines on Thu Nov 03, 2011 9:02 pm

Beautiful stuff - presumably you have to have a valid reason (or whatever the correct terminology is) to carry them legally, as they are a 'fixed blade'

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Post by grendel on Fri Nov 04, 2011 4:44 am

I've never really thought about that, I'm not sure what the law would be on knapped knives. I'm sure it would cause the CPS to scratch their heads.




One ligit reason to carry one I think is to hijack an airplane as you could walk straight through the detectors carrying one.
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Post by Lumpendoodle on Fri Nov 04, 2011 7:50 pm

Interesting point, is a flint knife technically a knife. After all, I don't think there's a law about carrying flint.

Blimy! Hope I haven't given some ill intentioned ne'erdowell an idea. affraid

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Post by Elines on Mon Nov 07, 2011 8:05 am

If you want to give yourself a headache have a look at this on BCUK - knife law comes up quite frequently and this is a current thread

http://www.bushcraftuk.com/forum/showthread.php?t=81749

(I think the crucial point is something that could be used as weapon, not what it is made of - but please - I am not wanting to get everybody sidetracked from knapping - just wanted to make people aware that there is an issue)

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Post by skalla on Mon Nov 07, 2011 10:59 pm

lovely work!

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Post by grendel on Tue Jan 10, 2012 10:21 am

Well finally managed it after an 8 months break, got a box of stone mailed to me internationally and went knapping last weekend. found myself a nice quiet spot by the river, or so I thought, as two old ladies drove a herd of buffalos past me mid knapping Shook off the rust by messing up my first attempt big time and just about managed the pretty poor biface second attempt, nice pretty piece of chert though.


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Post by Lumpendoodle on Tue Jan 10, 2012 8:40 pm

Very nice work, I like the banding.

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Post by the barnacle on Fri Jan 13, 2012 8:19 am

wow they look great, looks like a nice bit of material.

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Post by mr.hertzian cone on Sat Apr 14, 2012 3:54 pm

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Hiya, this is my latest! I've run out of decent flint and have had to move on to the last of my large pieces of glass, the edges need some fussing over but i'm quite pleased with this monster.

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Post by the barnacle on Sat Apr 14, 2012 4:46 pm

you did well not to break that - can i ask - what thickness was the glass you used and what is it now it is knapped?

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Post by Lumpendoodle on Sun Apr 15, 2012 8:34 am

You can't deny it, glass just looks so good when well knapped. I've started collecting bits of coloured glass to make small arrowheads.

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Post by skalla on Sun Apr 15, 2012 9:22 am

beautiful blades there guys!

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Post by mr.hertzian cone on Sun Apr 15, 2012 1:31 pm

It was 19mm (3/4") thick glass to start off with, wombled from a skip of course!
It was knapped with the 22mm (small) bopper, you don't need a bigger one with glass, just gently pop the flakes off...

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Post by grendel on Wed Aug 08, 2012 2:52 pm

Well arrived home, went yee ha can knap properly again and went mad. Here's the last 3 days work. Sadly none of the flint was big enough for the planned Beaker Dagger but never mind. 3 leafs blades, an Acheulean Hand Axe, a couple of Tomahawks, and tried a new venture a couple of axe heads top right, one Neolithic and one Tranchet. They're all around 5" in length.



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Post by Lumpendoodle on Wed Aug 08, 2012 10:23 pm

Have you ever thought of polishing one of the axeheads. Sounds like a lot of work, but maybe an interesting exercise?

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Post by grendel on Thu Aug 09, 2012 7:34 pm

Polishing does seem an interesting experiment, according to this vid, not so long as I thought.


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Post by Lumpendoodle on Thu Aug 09, 2012 8:11 pm

Very interesting vid, and a fairly efficient tool at the end of it.

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Post by grendel on Sun Sep 09, 2012 5:11 pm

I bought a couple of antlers, £30 and should get around 15 knife handles from them, looks like I'm back into knife making. Here's the first, the blade is flint.


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Post by mr.hertzian cone on Sun Sep 09, 2012 11:19 pm

Veery nice, is the binding sinue? That hafting method looks really good.

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Post by grendel on Mon Sep 10, 2012 8:02 am

Yes, sinew, I make a tang on the flint, glue it using pine resin and beeswax, then wrap it in sinew.

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Post by the barnacle on Mon Sep 10, 2012 2:38 pm

a real good job of them - have you ever used one to see how it workes,

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Post by grendel on Mon Sep 10, 2012 2:45 pm

Only on my hand when making them.... which I why I now keep a good supply of plasters in easy reach.

I used to make a couple a week and sell them on ebay. That was about 7 or 8 years ago before they banned knives. Last night I counted I had had 35 blades finished awaiting handles and around 10 finished knives. Wish I could find somewhere to sell again.

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