Finding flint in western PA

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  1. ak47tanker

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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....

    PMZ
     
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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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    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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    Cripes, I wonder if we know each other? :6::)
     
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    I talked to a Geologist at Susquehanna University who implied that flint and/or chert would be a significantly unusual find in my area of PA at a minimum.
     
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    Probably not. I grew up in Ohio. I live just north of butler and work in Eau Claire
    also thanks everyone for the help. i just can't see how there is not any flint around. I used to find knapped arrowheads in my uncle's corn fields in NE OH when i was a kid. different material maybe?
     
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    The raw material used to make those arrow heads may have been aquired through trading networks. I think that is the only way some tribes got a hold of decent knappable stone.
    Now that I think of it, I did find some quarts that through some sparks a wile back.
     
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    I find flint (I think it's flint, I get a spark from it at least) in almost every "gravel" parking lot I see. I simply look around for a minute or two, and there it is. It has kind of a "shiny" look to it and is dark gray. I found loads of it while at Boy Scout camp with my son a few weeks ago. I taught some of the boys and Dads how to use it and was able to give them each their own piece of "flint".
     
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    the link that i posted said to look along gravel roads since it gets mixed in
     
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