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    Hey guys, I live in western PA and i was wondering if anyone could give me some pointers on where to find flint and maybe a pic of what it looks like before its broken up. I could be stumbling over the stuff and just don't know it.
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    I am no expert but flint is not found in the US. There are places to buy English flint online but if you just want somethin to make sparks with, quartz works. Really I take a striker with me hiking and strike whatever looks good. The qualities I look for are a sort or hard glassy or milky color, sharp edges, and how it breaks, does it flake off or crumble.

    No expert but it has worked for me.

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    No flint but you might be able to find quartz or chert.

    There is supposedly a jasper deposit near me but I've never seen hide nor hair of it except perhaps bits and pieces, either half-worked or broken, that turn up in the fields....

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    Spoke with a geologist and he stated that the most abundant sources of flint are in Great Britain and parts of Europe. He went on to say that there are some smaller deposits in Texas and the Dakotas.

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    I am in western pa also and I have never been able to find knappable stone of any sort.
    I belive that in the past there were vast trading networks which supplied certain areas with the knappable stone.

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    Hmmm...no US sources?

    Get on I70 West and drive toward Zanesville Ohio. There is a place called Flint Ridge where much of the flint traded for centuries on this continent came from. They have a nice museum and everything. You can still find flints in the old pits.

    http://ohsweb.ohiohistory.org/places/c01/index.shtml

    More in a blog:
    http://digitalrockhound.blogspot.com...idge-ohio.html

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    Texas and the rest of the south west supposedly has alot of flint, also Missouri and places around there according to YouTube arrowhead hunting videos, here in MI i cant find flint, but there is alot of chert which is basically like flint and sparks too. hoped this helped, but if not you can buy flint else where like eBay or you can search Google for flint.

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    I grew up in Western PA.( Emlenton Area ). Never found any flint but quarts is one of PA's most abundant minerals. Chert can be found easy enough too. Both of which will work fine. As was mentioned earlier, If your not sure of what will throw sparks, carry your steel with you and see which rocks will spark for you. It shouldnt takelong to find something.

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    I live in SE PA and had a camp out in NW PA (Tidioute area) and I have never been able to find flint in any area!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Two Rivers View Post
    I grew up in Western PA.( Emlenton Area .
    Cripes, I wonder if we know each other?

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