Flintknapping – Beginners Part 3


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This segment discusses Flintknapping safety as well as common flintknapping terms, followed by demonstrations showing the various types of flintknapping. The next segment will deal with making an arrowhead from the bottom of a beer bottle.

32 thoughts on “Flintknapping – Beginners Part 3

  1. This is absolutely amazing! Thanks for making these videos. I am interested in learning about this process and had no idea how much was involved! Its fascinating to watch you make the tools and then how those tools are used in the knapping itself. I became interested in this after becoming involved in Revolutionary War Reenacting and purchasing my first flintlock musket. Thanks again for making such informative and instructional videos!

  2. I've been a fan of Jean Auel's Earth's Children series for years, and I could never quite imagine what the process of flint knapping was like. You've just brought the entire series to life for me in a new way. Thank you!

  3. Hi, great videos -thank you 🙂 I absolutely agree about the gloves. But isn't it a problem with the tiny splinters that can get in your hands or don't they get through the skin. I'm talkin about the small ones almost unseeable ?

  4. "… on the next segment, we're gonna take a bottle and we're gonna remove the bottom of the bottle and actually make an arrow head out of it. But, uh, first of all I gotta drink this beer before we can get started"

  5. It has been 4 years from the time I first started with your videos Jim. You truly are one of the greats in the knapping world. Thanks to you I am stuck with making really good arrow heads and projectile points. Thanks a bunch Jim knapp on!

  6. I stumbled on this video series 4 years ago.  This was my inspiration to begin knapping.  I was hooked from the first time I heard the snap of a flake flying off.  Thanks for all you have put out there, Jim. I hope one of these days I'll get the chance to sit down and chip some stone with you.

  7. Excellent video series.  This past weekend I went camping outside of Payson, AZ and went chert hunting near Tonto Creek by Thompson Draw.  I found lots of chert but could not find any quality pieces to practice on.  I don't know if this is just due to my inexperience in identifying good pieces or not looking in the right places.  Do you recommend any place in particular to look for chert?  Lastly, I didn't see this in your video series (I may have just missed it) but could you discuss how and where you choose to strike the rock to get it to flake, etc.  Is it like wood where there is a grain and you have to work with the grain?

  8. Hey I live in missouri and its really hard for me to find any rock around my town to nap. I was wondering if you could send me some of your small or large flakes that you don't want, I'm 15 and I have been trying to make my own arrows and bows to go hunting with by next year. I would really appreciate it if you could. Thank you 

  9. excellent! excellent ! excellent video!

    well, thought out with many excellent exsample

    I did not know about the indirect percussion until this video and I am loving it.

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