could we see some pics of basic tools??

A collection of information for those just starting their flintknapping journey.
reefera4m
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26 Jan 2010, 04:11 #41

I posted this on the General Discussion forum but then thought it should go here.  For more info on some of the components of my 'kit' visit Knapping Kits










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reefera4m
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26 Jan 2010, 04:16 #42

Fractured,

Try using a computer mouse pad in place of the thong rubber.  It a lot tougher and holds up better.






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reefera4m
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26 Jan 2010, 04:26 #43

Fractured,

A couple of  useful tips on making pressure flakers I learned from the renowned flintknapper, Joe Higgins.  The first tip is to take copper rod (1/4") and using a vice and strong drill, twist the rod until it breaks.  This further hardens the copper quite a bit.  The 2nd tip is to hammer and draw the end of the rod to a square point.  Hammering to a square point further work-hardens the copper.  I now use both of these tips in making my pressure flakers and Ishi sticks.  People I've sold, traded or given them to have provided nothing but positive feedback.  And they work well for me .






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wannabe
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27 Jan 2010, 04:58 #44

My name sez it all.  I am a rank beginner and still waiting for stuff I ordered to begin learning this craft.  But just search on You Tube and you can watch knapping vids til your eyes bleed.  I especially like flintknapperjimmy and actually a bunch of other demonstrators I can't bring to mind right now.  I think I am learning something watching them.  I have a small pile of workable material and I hope the study makes it last longer. 
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rhymeswithwhat
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04 Apr 2010, 14:17 #45

Here is the link to my tool kit post. Lots of pictures and I wanted to re-post a link to make it easier to find for beginners

  http://paleoplanet69529.yuku.com/topic/32448

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Emrys69
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23 Nov 2010, 00:55 #46

I just started off a couple of days ago, here are my tools.
I love my little bopper on the very top! I just made it today, it works great on thin flakes. I use an old truck bed matt for my leg and then a piece of cowhide, it really hurts when ya miss the stone and wack your femur!!!
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MountainWalker
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29 Nov 2010, 03:15 #47

Here are two boppers I made today.






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bowshot96
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09 Jan 2011, 21:07 #48




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canuckcamper
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17 Jul 2011, 04:41 #49

Great pics Bowshot thanks! I have read somewhere here to use copper and not steel for some reason. Can anyone tell me why?...seems to me that steel being harder would have a longer working life or is ot purely for traditions sake?
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NewbowPA
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17 Jul 2011, 15:45 #50

Steel is too hard. In order to remove flakes without crushing, the percussor or the pressure flaker has to be able to grip (not slip off) the stone. Aluminum can be used but copper with its greater weight is generally preferred. Soft iron (horse shoe nails) is used by many for notching and there are some specialized uses along those lines (welding rod) for even steel, but copper is safer for starters if you're going to use metal. Of course, there are the traditional tools made of stone (various degrees of hardness and grit depending on purpose and the type of rock you are flaking), antler and sometimes bone and, again, those are soft enough not to slip off the piece you may be working.
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canuckcamper
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18 Jul 2011, 03:24 #51

TY Newbow!...now that you said it it makes sense...just couldnt grasp it as I was readin it....knapped out the worlds second ugliest spearhead today...second ugliest only because I dont want to make a liar of myself if this next one turns out to be uglier!...Very excited tho as I have found a small source for chert within an hours drive of me...brought home a 20ish pound peice and gonna start knocking chunks off it tomorrow after work!
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kettu
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30 Dec 2011, 22:27 #52

  
I collected some "helsinki flint" from an old harbour today and I have monday off from work so im going to try this thing called knapping.
if nothing else im going to have  buttloads of barbs for bone tipped darts. not included in the picture is a longer piece of antler that fits nicely behind my knee for indirect flaking, I saw a video of a guy doing that and I liked it. the nuggets available are so small that I dont think im going to have a lot off succes shaping  them with the round rocks.
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MarkD
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31 Dec 2011, 00:16 #53

Nice kettu, just get yourself a piece of leather for a lap pad and a small piece for a hand pad and you'll be all set. Also find a nice adrading stone. good luck.
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kettu
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31 Dec 2011, 04:08 #54

thanks!
does adrading mean "sanding" or "grinding" to even out a side, to prevent it  flaking from an unwanted spot?
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MarkD
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31 Dec 2011, 04:53 #55

yeah you want to abrade or grind any sharp or brittle edges before you pressure flake a certain area or it with just crumble under pressure.
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Atlantic
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14 Jan 2012, 21:31 #56

Saw on your post how you had links to your pictures, I have a photo bucket but dont know how to use links thanks for your time
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xenos
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17 Oct 2012, 09:39 #57



My basic preasure flaking tools: 1- palm pad; 2 - antler flaker; 3- copper tip flaker; 4 - notching tool ( iron nail hammered as the tip of a screwdriver); 5 - abrader; 6 - horse nail notching tool;
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medicine maker
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13 Feb 2017, 20:22 #58

 Heres the kit ive had for 6 years. Chisel/ wedge, indirect and direct bopper ive had since the beggining, copper pressure flaker thats was hammered out and given a tang cause im a little tired of seeing just the same perfect copper flakers every time, i feel lacking personal flare. Then hemp wrapped my oldest antler pressure flaker and the original, takes off very nice flakes. Then a little notcher and extra PF combo but I can never get it to stay on the handle so I usually only notch with it. Lastly my newest antler PF really more of a spare but also good for getting into a tight little nook when the flake doesnt always come off as clean as it should. 
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