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Old 03-02-2012, 03:54 PM   #1
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Default First Obsidian Knife

Made my first knife from obsidian that I got from someplace in Utah. The color is what they call tri-flo which is black, brown and clear opaque. You can see light thru it when held to a light or the sun. This stuff is much easier to work that the Texas flint I have been used to although I don't think it is nearly as strong. It is much much sharper and I only got 5 cuts making this one.
the cuts were ll from flying flakes.
This rock is just beautiful stuff and the pics don't do justice the the color. I blame the picture taker for that as he is the worlds worst photographer.
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Old 03-02-2012, 03:57 PM   #2
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Now that's a cool knife!
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Old 03-02-2012, 03:57 PM   #3
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Wow!!! That is beautiful!!!
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Old 03-02-2012, 03:58 PM   #4
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That. Is. BEAUTIFUL.
Well done, sir, well done.
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Old 03-02-2012, 04:05 PM   #5
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Wow! Is all I got.
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Old 03-02-2012, 04:30 PM   #6
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Very cool!
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Old 03-02-2012, 04:34 PM   #7
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Thanks to all. I have only been knapping for a couple of years and in that time I have learned a lot. There is still much to learn and I feel it would take a lifetime to get it really right.
The pictures on my facebook show the colors much better.
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Old 03-02-2012, 04:38 PM   #8
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Sweet looking knife!




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Old 03-02-2012, 04:42 PM   #9
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Very nice. Great looking job
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Old 03-02-2012, 04:49 PM   #10
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Steve,

Some fine work there! Love the look of the tri-flo obsidian! Had a few heads over the years like that! Gorgeous rock!
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Old 03-02-2012, 04:51 PM   #11
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Yip that is a beautiful knife! Great job.
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Old 03-02-2012, 04:55 PM   #12
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That is a very nice looking knife!
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Old 03-02-2012, 06:21 PM   #13
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Good job.
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Old 03-02-2012, 06:33 PM   #14
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Sweet looking blade Steve, great job.
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Old 03-02-2012, 07:03 PM   #15
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Great job that's awesome
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Old 03-02-2012, 07:11 PM   #16
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Looks great
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Old 03-02-2012, 07:14 PM   #17
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You have some serious skills dude. I really like it.
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Old 03-02-2012, 07:22 PM   #18
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Good lookin knife! I agree that the obsidian is easier to work than our Texas chert.
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Old 03-02-2012, 08:36 PM   #19
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Great looking knife.
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Old 03-02-2012, 09:20 PM   #20
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Good job on the knife Steve.
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Old 03-02-2012, 09:55 PM   #21
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Great work, Steve!

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Old 03-02-2012, 10:19 PM   #22
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That is very nice, great work!!!
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Old 03-02-2012, 10:20 PM   #23
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Nice looking, good work
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Old 03-02-2012, 10:21 PM   #24
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That is nice
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Old 03-02-2012, 10:45 PM   #26
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Very nice
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Fantastic work!

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Old 03-03-2012, 03:42 AM   #28
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Fine work Steve.
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Old 03-03-2012, 10:17 AM   #29
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That is a beautiful knife.

I have an obsidian rock that was given to me, but I don't have the slightest
idea of how to try knap something like that. Mabe someday,lol
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Old 03-03-2012, 10:32 AM   #30
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Old 03-03-2012, 11:03 AM   #31
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That is a beautiful knife.

I have an obsidian rock that was given to me, but I don't have the slightest
idea of how to try knap something like that. Mabe someday,lol
It's a bit of a chore to get a good workable spall off of a large cauble or small obsidian boulder but once it's done the easy work begins. Get some texas flint like Georgetown blue or black or some Texas rootbeer flint and practice. You can also get a lot of youtube videos to show the hows and whys. Thats the way I learned the little bit I know. Some of these guys make it look real easy but they have probably been doing it for many years.
If you ever buy a flint knapping kit, be sure and get a good one, not one of the starter kits like 3 Rivers sells.
Here is what I use http://flintknappingtools.com/mega_kit.html
Plus I added a few extras like more pads, abraiding stones and copper nails and a couple of small boppers. These are the things that wear out quick.
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Old 03-03-2012, 11:44 AM   #32
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If you've never done it or seen it done you need to go to OJAM in Oklahoma. Lots of fun and selfbow making and many other things to do. Bring the family. It's a great time.
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Old 03-03-2012, 11:59 AM   #33
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Mabe we can get something going like the "I wish" thread, talking about
a Tradnanza.
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Old 03-03-2012, 12:02 PM   #34
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As big as Texas is I don't see why we don't have one. It would be nice.
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Old 03-03-2012, 01:35 PM   #35
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I'm all for it. I would love to see some other knappers work so I can learn a few more tricks/techniques.

Here is another 4" blade I made this morning. It also has some color and a bit of translucence at the edge. Now I just need to go to my lease and find me some more good shed horns to make a handle for it.
These blades are pretty thin, about 3/16" and really fragile.
Note to self: don't drop it on the sidewalk like you did the point you made yesterday
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Old 03-03-2012, 08:37 PM   #36
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Nice work.
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Old 03-03-2012, 09:30 PM   #37
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Muzzlebrake, do you think these knives could work on a backpack hunt for elk? Not saying I would hammer on them, but just got me to thinking is all. I guess you never have to sharpen these??? You have some serious skills.
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Old 03-03-2012, 09:41 PM   #38
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Man I wish I could do something like that. Looks great
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Old 03-03-2012, 10:01 PM   #39
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Muzzlebrake, do you think these knives could work on a backpack hunt for elk? Not saying I would hammer on them, but just got me to thinking is all. I guess you never have to sharpen these??? You have some serious skills.
They are fragile but will slice paper. They do need sharpening from time to time and wouldn't be good enough to cut thru bone. I would sure want me a good gerber or buck for backup.
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Old 03-03-2012, 10:18 PM   #40
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Those are beautiful! I love seeing geology and hunting brought togther!!!!
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Old 03-03-2012, 10:23 PM   #41
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Sharpest knife on earth
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Old 03-05-2012, 02:16 PM   #42
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OK, one more piece of rock all broken into shapes. Actually 2 pieces.
Matching broadhead and knife blade from the mahogany stuff.
That's all for today. Nap time
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Old 03-05-2012, 02:23 PM   #43
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Wow!

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Old 03-05-2012, 03:29 PM   #44
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Very nice work fellows.
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Old 03-05-2012, 04:08 PM   #45
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You are getting very good at that, Steve. Those are beautiful.
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Old 03-05-2012, 04:31 PM   #46
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Those two are awesome looking, Steve!

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Old 03-05-2012, 04:46 PM   #47
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Very Unique
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Thanx folks. I got to give credit to all those folks who made and posted how-to videos on YouTube. I learned most of what I do from these videos and new ones keep showing up all the time from the real masters of this craft.
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Absolutely stunning.
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