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I feel very strongly that if you are wanting to learn to flint knap, you should learn to flint knap with natural tools. The vast majority of flint knappers in North America use copper tools but unless you are replicating danish daggers, copper tools is not historically accurate. Knapping using antler billets, antler pressure flakers, hammerstones, and stone abraders is an entirely different ballgame than using modern tools. I find natural knapping to be much more rewarding than modern knapping. It makes me feel connected to my ancestors in a very meaningful way because I have sort through the same problems that they had, since I'm using the same tools that they used.
Along with using the same tools as our ancestors is using the same methods to process these tools. Most knappers use a file, rasp, or grinding wheel to shape their antlers. In this article below I'll share with you my methods in processing a moose antler for flint knapping. I wrote this a couple years ago and since then I've learned a few things: 1. I would have put extra emphasis on shaping the billet to be straighter and longer. 2. I wouldn't have used fire to shape the working end and would have been super careful about where I used fire on the far end. 3. I would have used grittier sand and kept the antler wet while I ground it (a wet antler grinds WAY faster than a dry one) and I also would have ground it more to create a smooth, entirely rounded working end.
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