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Thanks Timberbeast! Here's another one made out of a Pine Marten jawbone. The whole thing is about an inch and a half long. I've got a buddy that collects miniature knifes and had a sack full of Pine Marten jaws (don't ask) so I hooked him up with Wayne and he made about 10 of these little guys.

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Old 11-26-2019, 08:07 PM
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If you've ever tried to work antelope horn it's got a bony core with keratin sheath. Any cutting/grinding/polishing operations smell like Al the Infidel's gym socks...

HOO EEE, POWERFUL!!

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Any cutting/grinding/polishing operations smell like Al the Infidel's gym socks...

HOO EEE, POWERFUL!!

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Now I know where my shorts disappeared to!

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Nice

Want to sell it?
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I love knives but never thought about making one until an old boy showed me how to do pressure flaking. He provided the blank and tools and sat down with me and about an hour later had this blade formed.

Took an old deer shed and cut off a piece and formed it up for the handle and then wrapped the joint with some rawhide and wiped her down with tung oil.

It's sharp!

Frank
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Frank, nice mineral collection.
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Nice work Crunch.
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Frank, nice mineral collection.
Thanks Tex, I collected a lot of it around Colorado/Utah/New Mexico/Arizona and traded or bought the rest. Been working in that office for 40 years, stuff tends to accumulate!

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That's a great compliment and also a small breach of forum rules Cheetah.

No thanks, I'll let my heirs figure out what to do with my museum of unnatural history when I'm gone

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LtCrunch, beautiful work. Hard to believe you are new to flint napping. The work looks so professional.
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You can do this too

Thank you Cactus Jack and all you guys for the compliments. Let me say this though, any of you can this sort of work with a minimal investment in time, tools, and raw materials.

I was lucky to both have a teacher with the skills and equipment to make it easy. It probably didn't hurt that I have a lapidary background but it didn't help much either.

Wayne had the right rough (cohesive homogeneous stone), the right 20" diamond saw to make the blanks, and the right 10" carbide grinding wheels to preshape them. You can skip all that by buying preformed and shaped blanks. Here's one outfit with a nice selection. http://kentuckyflintworks.com/BLACKOBSBLANKS.html

As long as the stone exhibits a conchoidal fracture (think glass) then the pressure flaking process is surprisingly easy. It's not like percussion flaking. That takes a lot of skill and wastes a lot of raw material. Pressure flaking is lots of small bites and it's really hard to screw up. This fellow shows how to do it, it's even easier with a preformed blank https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y90h3m0Q7Pk

Anyway, again thank you all and if you're interested give it a try. I bet you surprise yourself

Frank

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Looks good on the Antelope horn. Maybe I will make one. Takes about 10 years to draw an Antelope tag here in Oregon so I will have many years to practice.
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Old 12-03-2019, 04:21 PM
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A springbok horn would be interesting Hushkaboom. 6" -8" pieces here for $20 shipped

https://www.etsy.com/listing/6567516...sr_gallery-1-5

I'll look around and see if I have an extra pronghorn in my stash. Free to you if I do.

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Old 12-04-2019, 02:26 AM
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Now that you mention it I may just have a springbok horn in my knife handle stash.
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