Hello everyone! My name is Jason and I am a new member on ATS. I really like survival, particularly from a primitive point of view. I am a
flintknapper and have been at the art for almost a decade. I want to share some of the knowledge I have gained here and I also intend on using the
very good info I have seen on this forum to strengthen my own skills.
The first thing I want to talk about is the hoko knife. I will post a video of myself making one (or at least attempt to post a video ) so you
guys can see how simple it is to do. The beauty of this simple knife is that it gives you a very sharp edge to do simple tasks, such as making
cordage or processing game. It is easily constructed from widely available materials. I used obsidian in the video but it can be replaced with glass
or whatever material you have available in your area that can be knapped.
That all being said, there are some things that this knife definitely will not do. It will not replace your main steel knife. It just can't do all
the tasks that that sort of blade will do. It is pretty fragile and you definitely can not baton with it or use it to strike a fire steel. It will
however spare your main knife some use and will give you something to do to keep your hands occupied. It would probably be far more useful than a
steel knife in doing some very delicate cutting tasks; a freshly knapped obsidian flake in particular is the sharpest thing in the world and will cut
like nobody's business! If I were in a situation without modern medicine and had to perform some sort of simple surgery (not advocating this!) to
remove splinters or lance whatever... I would reach for a stone flake, obsidian or glass in particular. Sterilize in fire or alcohol, and the cut
you make will heal far faster than a cut from a steel knife. LOL I know this from personal experience having cut myself *countless* times while
Another advantage to at least being familiar with this type of skill is that it opens up a large repository of found materials for use. This is stuff
that can be scavenged and does not have to be carried. In the video I use a hammerstone to produce the blades. It is literally just another rock
that can be picked up anywhere. Mind you, a good hammerstone has to have certain qualities, but you can get by with a less than ideal one if all you
are doing is making flakes for a hoko knife. This is literally the simplest form of knapping and arguably one of the most useful. The piece of
obsidian that I use in the video is capable of producing cutting edges that when added together would be measured in feet. These simple flakes can be
used to make simple arrowheads too..... more on that in a later video. Thanks very much for listening to my ramblings....
Primative my @ss! How someone visualized crystaline lines of force as to make shards is near magical! Have several obsideon arrow heads from decades
ago and they are still sharp. And who knows when they were made.
When you are knapping you want your flakes to terminate in what we call a feather termination. You do not want them to stop at right angles to the
piece, this would cause a hinge termination. Hinges stop further flaking, and are very bad lol. I think if you score the piece it would make hinges.
As you knap and grow more experienced you can direct flakes with the direction of your strike, and even finger placement and pressure on the piece in
the hand holding it.
Those mahaquitls are just sick. The pinnacle of sharpness. Lol, I have no idea if I spelled that right. Using one of those in a slicing motion
would be like a hot knife through butter.
If you want to see something really stinking cool:
This guy is a beast. He pretty much covers all the bases when it comes to knapping. Good videos for the beginner too. He is using a chest crutch to
push the blades off of those cores to put in one of those aztec swords. That would be one heck of a useful skill to have. If you watch all of the
videos all the way he shows just how many of those blades he gets off of one core. VERY efficient use of material. Plus, the core itself looks
awesome, and could just be thrown in a backpack. It would be like having a round container full of surgical scalpels everywher you go lol.
Really enjoyed your video! You use a similar style as the Levallois Technique, and
with a little practice, a person can make fairly complex spearpoints and knives.
When I was knapping, I could make beautiful pieces with obsidian, but it drove me crazy -- my attrition was great, and often after spending hours on a
single piece, I would shatter it. Therefore, although it is more difficult and requires more effort, I tended more toward chalcedony and chert.
I think your video is important, because in a SHTF situation, what most people are going to find to utilize is thick glass. In your video, you have a
very easy manner, and that's the best of things when instructing folk. Your knife/scraper is something that everyone could learn and
should learn to do. Thanks much!
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