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    Plinker

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    Any Flint Knappers out there?

    I have been knapping arrowheads and gun flints for awhile now. Was wondering where other members get their flint to knap. I have some Independence chert, but find it is hard to knap

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    I have an outcropping of fossiliferous chert on my farm that I use. I also walk the banks of the Ohio river and find TONS of beautiful hornstone flakes to knap.
    With so many places beating dicks I think it's gonna hurt dicks bad.

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    My sons have found some geodes on our place, nothing ever spectacular. Better finds were found by them along the sides of the road digging in the limestone.
    I have a friend hows place is near Columbus, IN and he has chunks of what he calls chert? on his property..
    Is that used to chip flint into arrow heads?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clay Pigeon View Post
    My sons have found some geodes on our place, nothing ever spectacular. Better finds were found by them along the sides of the road digging in the limestone.
    I have a friend hows place is near Columbus, IN and he has chunks of what he calls chert? on his property..
    Is that used to chip flint into arrow heads?

    Correct. We actually don’t have any “true” flint in the US. We (and native Americans) use/used “chert” for making tools, atl-atl points, and arrowheads.
    With so many places beating dicks I think it's gonna hurt dicks bad.

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    Chunks of glass maybe? I know some knappers that have fun knapping glass.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hkindiana View Post
    Correct. We actually don’t have any “true” flint in the US. We (and native Americans) use/used “chert” for making tools, atl-atl points, and arrowheads.
    What is “true” flint?
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    Shooter

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    Quote Originally Posted by natdscott View Post
    What is “true” flint?
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    Is Genuine close enough?

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    Plinker

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    Quote Originally Posted by edwea View Post
    Chunks of glass maybe? I know some knappers that have fun knapping glass.
    Some first time knappers practice on old toilet tanks. I have seen arrowheads made from glass, they resemble obsidian.

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    Plinker

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hkindiana View Post
    I have an outcropping of fossiliferous chert on my farm that I use. I also walk the banks of the Ohio river and find TONS of beautiful hornstone flakes to knap.
    I have heard that there is some beautiful hornstone down along the Ohio. You are so lucky to have some chert on your property that you can work with. I have seen some beautiful flint that has come from Flint Ridge, Ohio.

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    All flint is chert, but not all chert is flint.

    Kind of like how all bugs are insects, but not all insects are bugs.

    Flint has a special formation environment: Chalk or marl. That's the difference.

    Also - there is most definitely flint in the USA. For instance, look up Flint Ridge quarry.

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