My Versions of a Stone Age Knives.

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Project by RusticJohn posted 01-10-2013 09:10 PM 4655 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I wanted to appreciate how Stone Age knives worked so I made two with steel, imitating stone, blades. When I began, 16 years ago, I didn’t really have the skills or equipment to do the job and so the knife in the second photo languished on my work bench for 14 years. Then came a break through and it was finished. Two days later I met a maker of proper stone adzes and chisels who greatly wanted it. In a moment of weakness I let it go. Feeling somewhat frustrated at the length of time to make and the little time of use I just had to make another. See the first photo. Thankfully it only took a week. I still have this one.

My intention is to make another with a stone blade but I haven’t found any Flint or Obsidian in New Zealand so far. Apparently we do have Obsidian but not anywhere I know of. Grateful if anyone can assist me with this. Happy to make them a knife in exchange for two blades. One for me, one for them.

-- RusticJohn

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#1 posted 01-10-2013 09:52 PM

how fun. =)

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#2 posted 01-10-2013 09:57 PM

Nice Project John !!!

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#3 posted 01-11-2013 12:19 AM

Nice knife you napped John I use to go walk farm fields to find such antique tools….our chert nodules around here are low grade you need some waxy black stuff…not our gray flint

-- Cosmicturner

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#4 posted 01-11-2013 03:34 AM

I carve antler handles for a friends stone blades ( obsidian, chert , flint etc.). I would be glad to send you a few blades. I just need a size and an address.Send me a personal message if you are interested.You can find a few examples on my project section…......Hope to hear from you…..Steve

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#5 posted 01-11-2013 03:54 AM

Thank you Steve. I have sent you an e-mail.

-- RusticJohn

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#6 posted 01-16-2013 05:27 PM

Very nice!

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#7 posted 01-16-2013 07:50 PM

Thanks for the comments everyone. Much appreciated.

-- RusticJohn

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