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Author Topic: Flint knife is done, finally.  (Read 294 times)

Online The Miner '49er

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Flint knife is done, finally.
« on: July 06, 2021, 02:44:10 PM »
A couple years ago I was in a shop in Gatlinburg where I saw some beautiful flint knives. I wanted one but couldn't justify the cash outlay. I ended up buying a spear point/knife blade there and had the idea to later find the right size and shape branch and put them together. Lots of searching turned up nothing and the project when on the back burner. Before Christmas I was in a local native American shop and found a piece of elk antler that looked just right. After researching on this forum, a few days ago I decided to git 'er done. After about six hours of working with jigsaw, Dremel and assorted bits, diamond impregnated wheel, rasp and files, sandpaper, scraper, epoxy, artificial sinew, wood stain and finally neutral shoe polish, plus all the help that electricity could provide, it was done. My hat's off to those ancients who made these. How in the world did they do it? OAL is 10 1/2" and the blade is 5 1/2". I have less than $30 in it and I'm pleased with it.

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Re: Flint knife is done, finally.
« Reply #1 on: July 06, 2021, 03:29:49 PM »
Wow, Don! That is impressive!

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Re: Flint knife is done, finally.
« Reply #2 on: July 06, 2021, 05:55:06 PM »
Thanks, Darren. You know what they say about the blind squirrel ...
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Re: Flint knife is done, finally.
« Reply #3 on: July 06, 2021, 06:05:42 PM »
NICE!!!!  :hairy  :applaud
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Re: Flint knife is done, finally.
« Reply #4 on: July 06, 2021, 09:19:33 PM »
Looks like ya hold it like a pistol.
 Very nice.  5-6" or so blades are a nice length.
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Re: Flint knife is done, finally.
« Reply #5 on: July 06, 2021, 09:48:56 PM »
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You've done well, pilgrim .   :toast
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Re: Flint knife is done, finally.
« Reply #6 on: July 07, 2021, 10:32:05 AM »
Thanks guys for the kind words. You're right about that pistol shape Kevin. It's a comfortable way to handle it b/c it eliminates wrist strain. Much like those pistol grip paint brushes and spray paint can holders.
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