Ongoing Member Challenge: Stone Bladed Knife and Fish Skin Sheeth

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  1. kevseadog

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    Hello all,
    A few months back Civilization Dropout challenged me to produce a stone bladed knife with a fish skin wrapped handle and fish skin sheath with all traditional technologies. He stated that he would match my efforts in his neck of the woods. I uped the ante by stating that we needed to catch the fish with a bone fishhook.

    The following photos show my progress to date (been a little distracted with the new Youtube channel we started Catch n Cook California).

    I started by knocking a decent flake of obsidian from a nodule I gathered in the mountains at a modern quarry with proper permits (as an archaeologist I must emphasize the importance of not gathering tool stone from known archaeological sites). flake.jpg
     
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    early biface.jpg Next I cranked out a little biface using a sandstone hammerstone.
     
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    Finished off the biface as a decent knife blade regardless of the little cortical inclusion mid-blade. knife blade.jpg
     
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    And got searching for some driftwood for the handle. I ended up selecting redwood driftwood as it is characteristic of many of the artifactual knives I have analyzed here in California. I also ended up retouching the biface into a concave base for greater hafting strength. unhafted.jpg
     
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    The handle was cut and grooved using simple fine grained volcanic flakes. Next I hafted the bifaciel knife blade to the handle using 1/3 pulverized charcoal to 2/3 conifer resin from my prepared pitch sticks. hafted biface.jpg
     
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    I felt that the haft could use some extra reinforcement from some natural cordage so I gathered some dogbane at the creek with my girlfriend while on a mushroom hunt and started in separating and softening the bast fibers for twining. bast.jpg
     
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    Once the woody center was removed and the scaly exterior was freed, the fibers were ready for cordage. softened bast.jpg
     
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    So I twined up some 30-40lbs strength cord at the creek in an hour or so. cordage.jpg
     
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    And reinforced the haft. Civilization dropout, I will send you some of the mohagany obsidian and banded obsidian blanks pictured here tomorrow. All that is left to do is fashion a bone fishhook with all stone tools, some more natural cordage, catch a fish with it, skin and tan the skin, wrap the handle and make a fish skin sheath, and then use the knife in a bushcraft scenario. Looking forward to it! knife and crescent.jpg
     
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    Wow, mad skills @kevseadog. The left mahogany obsidian piece looks like an empanada. Mmmmmm empanadas.....
     
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    Wonderful work!

    That mahogany obsidian is just outstanding stuff! :dblthumb:
     
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    Very nice!

    Looking foward to the fishy adventures!
     
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    Jeebus crips!

    I now feel super lazy and unskilled.

    That's a whole big steaming pile of awesomeness man!
     
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    Beautiful work and an outstanding post. Way to rise to the challenge @kevseadog ! :35:
     
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    Lol, now I am hungry! Empenadas are bomb! The "empenada" stone is a replica of a lithic crescent (typical Far Western flaked-stone tool associated with the earliest Americans during the terminal Pleistocene and retained through the early Holocene in California and the Great Basin). I busted this one out for some archaeology undergrads in twenty min or so the other day as we taught them the importance of understanding fracture mechanics and lithic (stone tool) attribute analysis before they venture into the woods for their first archaeological field school this summer.

    My girl and I paddled 3 miles down a creek through (and over) three beaver ponds yesterday scouting for fish but it is still early for bass out here in CA... I think I may go with ocean fish for the handle-wrapping and sheath Civilization Dropout! ... by the way how do I tag him in a post so he knows that I am responding to his challenge? I am decent at oldschool tech, but useless at these interwebs!

    Thanks for reading ya'll!
     
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    Appreciate the information, reminds me we are infants in our time spent on this planet compared to what's historically behind us. Just put the "@" sign in front of their name @kevseadog
     
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    All kinds of awesome here! Great showcase of skill and knowledge!! Thanks for this!
     
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    Put an @ symbol in front of his name: @CivilizationDropout .

    Ahh, lucky undergrads. Beautiful work here, thank you for sharing your progress!

    Edit: woops, didn't refresh redundant answer. ..
     
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    Ya done well young fellar, nuff said. joe
     
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    Outstanding start!
    I'm going to be the infomercial version of this, (you know, where they blow up the gas grill trying to start the lawnmower?)

    I'm impressed by the skill you've displayed and I am eager to emulate it with my area's natural materials!
     
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    Wow! You've got some awesome skill there!! Very well done!
     
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    Absolutely beautiful work, way beyond my skill level,still at the hoko knife stage. I think to few people realize just how sharp a stone blade can be. Thanks for sharing,looking forward to more.
     
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    Beautiful work.

    Are/were fish skin sheaths used moreso than say leather/hide?

    Can you point me to a tutorial or two on how to make the fish skin sheath. I am intrigued.

    Thank you in advance.

    Bob
     
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