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    Hi there people

    Ive been reading these forums for a little while now and find them interesting.
    Like many people here ive grown up hunting and fishing and have a soft spot for knives. Although practicallity is most important I find a nice knife like a piece of art......it kinda reaches out and grabs you. Im currently getting my first custom knife built and cant wait to giv it a test run. My passion is stone knapping and i have spent a number of years trying to refing the traditional flaking techniques of indigenous australia. I have a Museum/archaeology backround and i have produced a number of points and knives for display, use and sale. My favourite stone to work with is obsidian, but i do have a soft spot for flint and jasper......anyway il post some pics (when i work out how to) and you guys can tell me what you think.

    Cheers
    N

  • #2
    Interesting, never tried knapping. I did get some flint of the beach in Sa for Dutchy, but that was for steel strikers for fire lighting.
    Stewart Townsend
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    https://www.facebook.com/townsendcustomknives


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    • #3
      flint from sth aus is great for knapping..it comes in blacks, blotchy grey, grey and even brown. Not sure how it would go as a striker.....a mate tried it but didnt have much luck.Sometime when you break it you can smell the sulpher and it regularly sparks.....u also find fossils encased in it.....ive also found fools gold inside it.

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      • #4
        Welcome Nulla, interesting passion and background mate!

        I've seen an obsidian knapped blade with a deer horn handle, the handle had an american indian scrimshawed on it! It was beautiful to look at!

        I'm interested in greenstone (pounamu) myself and the way they carved that (in fact i personally study maori culture and language) and the way they work stone and wood is truly amazing!

        It would be good to see some pics of your knapping!

        All the best

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        • #5
          Welcome to the forum Nulla. I have seen some amazing work done in Obsidian on some of the US forums, would like to see some of your work here.
          Here's a quick tutorial on posting photos, but you will need to have atleast 5 posts (from memory):
          http://www.australianbladeforums.com...-post-pictures
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          • #6
            No it worked well, I had made the steel strikers and used the flint (black, dark grey) from Port mcDonnell(?)
            http://www.australianbladeforums.com...ll=1#post13308
            Stewart Townsend
            Member
            Australian Knifemakers Guild

            https://www.facebook.com/townsendcustomknives


            The plural of knife is knives.
            One knife.
            Two knives.
            The plural possessive is knives'.

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            • #7
              Gidday N, welcome to the forum.
              wave man AKA Dean
              my YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC22..._as=subscriber
              "I will never make excuses for who I am. It's the way I was born. I am a Hunter a Bone Collector."
              "A gun, like any source of power is a force for either good or evil, being neither in itself, but dependent upon those who possess it"

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              • #8
                Welcome Nulla! Good on you for jumping in and joining. You'll love it here. That's an interesting hobby you have there. Look forward to hearing more about it.
                "Collecting is the sort of thing that creeps up on you..." - Paul Mellon

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                • #9
                  G'day and welcome to ABF.

                  Just wanted to let you know that at my age I try to nap at every opportunity
                  Experience is what you get when you don't get what you want

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                  • #10
                    hey Nulla, good to see you making the jump.

                    warrick
                    see my knives at www.riflebirdknives.com

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Antonio_Luiz View Post
                      ...Just wanted to let you know that at my age I try to nap at every opportunity
                      Yeah, I thought that the Greyhaired Nomad (AKA Stewart) would have no problem napping either!
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