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Project by terryR posted 931 days ago 2283 views 4 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here are two little flint knives I finished yesterday…sorry they are only half woodworking…hope I’m not breaking the rules. But these little knife handles are what got me started in my sawdust addiction!

The stones are knapped using ancient techniques…not power tools…then joined to the handle with 5 min Epoxy…then the joint is wrapped with deer rawhide for that rustic look. The finish is simple wax.

first knife is made of Cobden chert (IL) hafted to stabilized Box Elder Burl

second is Knife River Flint (ND) hafted to Maple Burl

Thanks for looking!

...comments and ideas always welcomed…

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...





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Ken90712

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#1 posted 931 days ago

Not breaking the rules at all. Its a nice moxture of making something beautiful! Where did you get the blades? Great work.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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a1Jim

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#2 posted 931 days ago

Unique knives ,good job.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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terryR

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#3 posted 931 days ago

Ken, I guess I should’ve mentioned…I made the blades. It took years of hard-core practice and hundreds of band-aids to learn how to flint knap, but I think it’s an important primitive skill. Plus, it’s fun to break rocks!

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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mtnwild

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#4 posted 931 days ago

Those are SWEET!

Great combination of skills. Great collect ability in those hand made knives. You can go far with designs like that, I’m sure.

Welcome to LumberJocks….................

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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LittlePaw

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#5 posted 931 days ago

I saw flint knapping at a Rendezvous and thought it was fascinating. I am sure it isn’t easy. Nice work, Terry. Your knives are beautiful. Do you sell them?

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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Dallas

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#6 posted 931 days ago

Just…. Beautiful. I’ve never gotten far with knapping as I don’t have a lot of patience or intelligence.
I would love to see more of your work as I think we have a bit in common.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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stefang

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#7 posted 931 days ago

Absolutely beautiful knives Terry, and very interesting too. Flint snapping is a serious skill which helps keep ancient history alive. Kudos on both counts. The handles also look wonderful and very appropriate with the blades. The wrapping also add a lot to the overall design. This a very interesting and enjoyable post, thanks.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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daltxguy

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#8 posted 931 days ago

I’d say 100% woodworking and 100% stone work. It’s a tool with a wooden handle and there are plenty of people posting those here – but these are unique – thanks for posting and keeping the know-how alive.

-- If you can't joint it, bead it!

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Spoontaneous

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#9 posted 931 days ago

On account of the impropriety of listing projects that are only HALF wood, I am afraid I am going to have to confiscate these items. At your earliest convenience please email me for shipping instruction.

These are great! I have long been fascinated by the whole ‘arrowhead’ look. I wanted to do a flint wall mask in the shape of an arrowhead (get it… arrow HEAD) with that knapped look. I agree that the handles match well with the blades. Very nice.

-- I just got done cutting three boards and all four of them were too short. (true story)

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HalDougherty

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#10 posted 931 days ago

A good edge on a flint tool is sharper than a scapel. When you cut yourself with something that sharp, it doesn’t even hurt at first… Guess how I know? LOL

-- Hal, Tennessee http://www.first285.com

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RMorgan

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#11 posted 931 days ago

Those are really cool, I would love to be able to make some.

-- Check out my other work at www.facebook.com/pensbyrmorgan

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Bluepine38

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#12 posted 930 days ago

Great work on the both the blades and the handles. Now you have me wondering if I could make some
carving knives from flint, I have made my own regular carving knives, not good at carving, but I really like
knives, axes and sharp cutting objects in my shop. Thank you for sharing and jumpstarting a new train
of thought here.

-- As ever, Gus-the 75 yr young apprentice carpenter

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Philzoel

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#13 posted 930 days ago

Very nice. Would like to see the joinery

-- Phil Zoeller louisville, KY

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terryR

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#14 posted 930 days ago

Thanks, everyone, these little knives are a lot of fun to create! They allow me to tie 2 hobbies together, and usually stand out anywhere they show…

Phil, hey, I never thought about it, but I suppose a woodworking group would probably love to see the joinery…doh! I will find a pretty blade and see what I can put together…maybe a blog entry?

Gus, carving with flint is different…THEY did it on green wood using the ‘debitage’ created from working a large cobble…not really using a knife like the one I posted. The flakes that come off the larger rock when making a finished product are what you want…and they don’t hold an edge very long. If you really wanna give it a try, Look for some jasper or agate flakes. and be careful! <g>

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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SisQMark

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#15 posted 915 days ago

terry- These are great! Just like our ancestors used to do. You do fine work. I’ll bet it’s difficult to make the blades as nice as you have done.

-- Don't waste today, it is yesterdays tomorrow!~SisQMark

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