Where to find flint for flint knapping?

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  1. Geoffrey

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    Hey guys,

    I live in Southern BC, in the Kootenay Mountains. I am looking for flint/chert/obsidian etc for flint knapping.

    Does anyone know where I can find it in BC, or in Northern Washington?

    I have searched online, contacted the Geological dept here in BC, no luck.

    In actual fact I am not even sure what the ram stones look like.

    Any help would be most appreciated.

    Thanks.
     
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    I live in an area that doesn't have natural occurring chert. The only way I am able to get my hands on any is to buy it.

    What you might want to do is look for any local Gem and Mineral collectors show. They can be found in most major cities. Some have monthly meets and will host a large show once or twice a year. Send an e-mail to one of the clubs. They're usually very receptive and welcome potential rock hounds to the shows or meetings.

    At the last show I went to I found a dealer with some rather low end chert marked "Ohio Flint" in an old plastic bin under the table. I got two pieces a little bigger than baseballs for $2.

    The stuff is fine for fire kits but mot the best for knapping. I have another show to go to in May for some better quality stuff.
     
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    Geoffery,
    Living on the pacific rim you should be able to find obsidian, it knaps well but you can be prepared to itch just like fiberglass insulation will make you itch. Here in Texas especially in the hillcountry flint formed in the limestone and we can find it by walking in the bottoms of draws and when we find small flint rocks start walking uphill untill you come to the limestone containing the flint. If you have any limestone quarries near you they may let you pick flint when they blast boulders off the walls and then break the boulders into smaller rocks to be taken to the crusher the flint nodules will be liberated from the limestone. Another source is when utilities dig for underground lines the will dig up flint nodules so watch the spoil piles. Jeffro
     
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    Cool, I'll have to see how close I am to it.

    Thanks.
     
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    Thanks to your promptings, I happened upon this treasure trove of local rock hound info. It has areas broken down within Canada & the US. Found a local spot to go pickin near me (petrified wood, not obsidian) but maybe you'll have more luck?

    http://cash-and-treasures-wiki.travelchannel.com/
     
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    Thanks for the link, glad you got the itch to find some as well.

    Hunting for things like this give us a great excuse to get out in the woods.

    Thanks again for the link.
     
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    Did you ever find some flint or chert in your area I am looking for some myself right now...


     
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    I can't believe with all the rocks we have around here I can't find any chert or flint. Every time I am out I look and have so far come up empty.

    It's fatwood heaven and chert/flint desert!
     
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    I did some research online and found a couple places to go and check out so will have a couple of extra camping trips this summer... also seems to be a hi in fossils in one location so am looking forward to the trips....
     
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    Are you keeping it a secret or willing to share? :17:
     
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    I rather wait to tell and see if their really is chert their first instead of leading everyone to a place that does not, I will post GPS locations if I am successful finding the mother load... will be some time in July till I can make that trip...
    besides I don't want anyone to get it all before I do LOL.....
    I figure a tot box full will be a lifetime supply for me for what I want it for....
     
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    I understand Bill, maybe you can pick up 2 totes full and I can just visit you to pick up mine... :7:
     
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    I still haven't had any luck.

    I have found some stones that work for flint and steel fire but nothing I can knap into a spear/arrow head. :(
     
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    That could happen!
     
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    if you just want something for a fire steel try finding some quartz the stuff is all over the place at least here in BC...
     
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    I just returned home from the hardwoodsman event in Missouri and there was chert everywhere, broke up two softball size dark grey pieces and got about 2 dozen great size shape pieces. After everyone had a pick I just left the extra in the pile with the tinder fungus and birch sap everyone was picking through.
     
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    I'm heading over to Missouri in a few hours for two nights of camping and finding some good chert is high on my priority list along with some morel hunting.
     
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    Anyone tried a pet store? I know this might sound silly at first, but I once met a guy who was into knapping, and he mentioned the fish aquarium section having large chunks of obsidian. They try and carry decorative rocks which will not leach anything into the water.

    I'll try and remember to take a look next time I'm near a pet store.
     
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    Not sure about what kind of material would be around where you live, but here in Alabama, I just walk around observing the ground very closely. Once you know what to look for, you can usually find a good deal of some nice size pieces of flint. I've never tried flint knapping, but I'd actually like to give it a try.
     
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    I can find rocks that will throw a spark but still am coming up empty on anything that can be flaked.

    Next time I am in Jasper I will take another look, I have read there may be suitable rocks there.
     

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