Amateur Hoko Knife

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  1. HannahT

    HannahT Firebug Hobbyist Supporter Bushcraft Friend Bushclass I

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    I hit the jackpot the other day!
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    I've never really done any flint knapping, so figuring out how to break up this stuff was harder than I thought. I ended up just smashing rocks together.
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    Those little flakes are sharp!!
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    I wanted to make a hoko knife, but making one with a modern knife isn't much of a challenge. Splitting with flint though... it takes some thought. I wedged a piece of flint in a hole and beat on the stick to start a split, which started out okay.
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    Annnnnnd then I broke it. Once a split starts to go sideways it's tough to straighten it back out. This piece was poplar.
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    So I started over with sycamore. It's super stringy when you break it, so I thought maybe it'd be easier to split and keep the sides straight. It wasn't too easy to start a split, just with that little flake of flint, but after some fiddling I got it. I kept splitting until the two sides were fairly even, then trimmed off the extra.
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    Sawing with flint is kinda fun!
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    I tried to peel off some strips of poplar bark to hold my hoko knife together, but that wasn't happening. It just comes off in chunks.
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    I found some dried poplar inner bark though, and it worked much better.
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    Finished! It sure ain't pretty, and I think a thinner stick might have closed around the flint better, but it works!
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    This here is some bedrock bushcraft! yabba dabba doo!!
     
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    Lessons learned while having a good time outdoors....priceless. Congrats.
     
  3. CivilizationDropout

    CivilizationDropout -MOA #17- Supporter Bushclass I

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    Awesome, all set for next year's One Knife Challenge... ;)

    Good looking cutter @HannahT!
     
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    I have never heard of a hoko knife. Is it used for general cutting puposes or does it have a specific function.
    Thanks for the write up!
     
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  5. DavidJAFO

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    hello,
    @HannahT AWESOME find BTW but I just gotta knows ^^^^ does the flint shew sparks I do like :p lick.
    Regards
    David
     
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    Nice work.
     
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    I think ya done well young lass. joe
     
  8. HannahT

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    I'm not exactly sure - it seems like I read somewhere that they were put together on the spot, maybe for cleaning fish. Hopefully somebody who knows for sure will tell us for sure :)

    Believe it or not I haven't tried yet!! Bad Hannah!!
     
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    That's awesome! Your lucky to have such a valuable resource locally.
     
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  11. HannahT

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    Understood. I did a google search, and did find an article, which seemes to indicate this knife would work well for processing yucca for the inner fibers. It does make sense also that this was just an efficient way to make a cutting tool.
     
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    You found a treasure trove of flint! It sure looks good from here.

    As David might say, I bet it will ‘shew’ some sparks!
     
  15. HannahT

    HannahT Firebug Hobbyist Supporter Bushcraft Friend Bushclass I

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    @DavidJAFO we have sparks! I tested a piece of my flint with a @AngryDaddyBird whale striker and got lots and lots of them :dblthumb:
     
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    hello,
    @HannahT :eek: eeek!! (I'm joking) I think I have a few nodules or similar to your find via a BCUSA forum member. @NevadaBlue it does shew sparks.
    Regards
    David
     
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    mercy, what a pile 'o flint ...
     
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    Nice job on the hoko knife.
    Be careful smashing the flint, those little shards fly all over and are very sharp!
     
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    Thanks! They sure are sharp! I sliced my hands a couple times :eek:
     
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