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Post by Mujician on Sun Jun 07, 2015 5:26 pm

Hi, I just registered today. I'm looking for some advice on what I should use to practice on?! I've just bought a knapping kit from prehistorics. It seemed a lot quicker to do than making my own tools! I got as far as a copper bopper last year, and that was crooked! 
I'm a bit reluctant to use bottle bottoms, because of the issue of the curve, but there are always empties lying around I could use! Its also been suggested to me that I can use cheap magnifying glasses, and glass tiles for bathrooms etc. 
But when it comes to stones (flint/obsidian etc) what is there thats readily available that I could practice with?

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Post by the barnacle on Mon Jun 08, 2015 6:07 am

Welcome to the forum, bottle bottoms are ok, put a 6" nail in the bottle head down and shake to knock the bottom out. however i am not keen on glass, can i ask which part of the country you are in - there might be a flint quarry local?

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Post by Mujician on Mon Jun 08, 2015 12:06 pm

I'm in Ilkeston, Derbyshire - between Nottingham and Derby. There are lots of quarries around here - mostly for brick making and aggregate. I have never heard of flint quarries in the UK, but I did wonder last night if Fflint in wales is named that for any obvious reason. I'm originally from Cannock/Hednesford, Staffs so if theres anything in that neck of the woods I could locate it.

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Post by the barnacle on Mon Jun 08, 2015 7:43 pm

hi, i live just outside Cannock - no flint at all around here but there are flint quarries across in the suffolk area - there are a few good places mentioned in these threads - http://uk-knapping.forumotion.co.uk/f3-resources - also the Newbury area has alot of flint ploughed up in the fields but alot of it is frost weathered.

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Post by grendel on Tue Jun 09, 2015 11:30 am

Technically there are no flint quarries, flint is something that forms in chalk, so you need a chalk quarry. Any chalk quarry should have flint as a bye-product. Chalk hills may also yield flint, especially after long rainy periods.

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