Need advice on buying obsidian or flint

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  1. Bob_Spr

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    Funny how life can turn events into an adventure

    @woodsmanjohn post ( http://bushcraftusa.com/forum/threads/first-obsidian-knife.189178/ ) got me to thinking about making a primitive knife. I dropped the idea because of lack of resources.

    Late last week, I talked to a friend that I had not spoken to in a couple of years. During the conversation, he asked if I still assembled knives (he said make them but I told him since I don't forge the blades myself, I am an assembler instead of a maker). When I said 'Yes', he told me that he had gone elk hunting and was given part of a rack. He asked if I wanted it to make handles for a knife or two. I told him sure.

    So the twist. Now I have part of an antler big enough for a handle. Looking at sites on line, I realized I know squat, actually less than that, about obsidian or flint. In fact, I can't make up my mind which to get. I love the thought of an obsidian blade but saw some flint ones that look just as good.

    When looking, are there key words to look for on the site. Good ones (we will flake the edge and pay you for us to ship it) as well as the bad (found in a mine on the dark side of the moon)? I see, we sell first quality (which means what?) and all of the rest sell castoff; Our stock is certified (by whom and how?), and others.

    Are there other cautions I should know about when looking? Actually, I would prefer to hold the blade before buying but since I know squat, all I could do is say is 'Yep, looks like a blade to me.'

    Bob
     
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    Interested in this myself, always wondered how obsidian was priced/traded.
     
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    Have you considered trying to knap one yourself? I'm just starting to get into spalling and knapping but I've enjoyed what little bit I've done.
     
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    @T. Pollock - Yes. Many of the blade blanks I see are unfinished and cost much less ($10-$25) than knapped ones ($35 - $60). I am actually thinking of buying both a flint and an obsidian. Learn on the flint and hope the obisidian turns out better.

    Bob
     
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    Obsidian knaps much easier than flint, so if you're new to knapping, practice on the obsidian ..... And get several, because you're gonna mess most of them up !!!. I speak from experience.
     
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    If you don't have chert/flint in your area I'd be glad to send you some to practice on brother. If you're willing to cover the shipping I can send you as much as you'd like. I have a thread here some where where I found a virtual gold mine for flint and I'm happy to share the wealth. I would recommend heat treating it however for knapping.
     
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    hello,
    "There's chert in them thar hills.." :rolleyes:
    Regards
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    @DavidJAFO = +10 on Tim being good people. This is the second time he's shared with me.

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    I could send you some spalls as well if you like. PM me if you have interest.
     
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    hello,
    @Bob_Spr definitely @T. Pollock is good peeps paid me a few $ to say that (joking) :p & @svh the Evil Steve Roy Slade sent me a box of Missouri chert & in return for such an awesome endeavour, I sent Steve a small token of my esteem some Scots chuckies that shew sparks. ;) There's way too many good peeps to mention on the BCUSA forum with whom I've traded, GAW & received.. :)
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    I'm still learning knapping myself and I found obsidian is really easy to work with. I'd like to find a place to get some large pieces to practice with. I had been given some small pieces and they didn't last long.
     
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    If your looking for material I have had good luck with www.Neolithics.com . If your looking for preforms they also sell those I guess.
     
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    That's exactly what I was looking for!! Thank you.
     
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