Welcome to StoneBreaker-FSC.com! Home of my "New Stone Age" arrowheads, spear heads, lance points, knife blades, etc., and internet gateway to my most recent 2008 A.D. Catalog of the New Stone Age. Each piece is produced with detailed attention to Neolithic styles, methods and craftsmanship. Hand made from authentic original materials, as much as possible using the techniques and tools of the appropriate time period. No aboriginal persons or wild game animals were harmed in the making of these tools. I hope you enjoy your visit as much as I enjoy making these New Stone Age tools for your family to treasure and display. Thanks for your interest ... and "Thank you!" for your purchases.
The practice and art of making sharp-edged tools from stone is today known as "flint knapping", though many types of stone, not just flint, are used. Here is a short description of the steps in the process of reducing a chunk of stone to a useful hunting weapon or knife.
The knapper begins with a chunk or nodule of stone which he or she has selected. This may be a relatively flat, naturally shaped piece, or the knapper may break off a large chip called a "spall" from a big chunk. From this piece we strike off smaller chips, flakes and blades to reveal the preliminary "pre-form" of a roughly shaped tool design. Further carefully prepared striking platforms receive practiced, firm blows to remove additional thinning flakes along the edges, on both sides or surfaces. This is to produce a straight-edged, bifacially-worked, smooth blade according to the shape and pattern in the artist's mind.
Now, depending upon the design, the work may be finished, with minor edge trimming. Or, if the final creation requires it, additional shaping and sharpening by pressure flaking may take place. With a properly prepared platform, a great, intensely strong, directed pressure is applied at the edge. With a practiced, sharp flick of the tool, long flakes are driven off, across the face of the stone. With equal parts patience and power, the finished shape of the razor sharp stone emerges.
Here is a nodule of Flint from near Jarrell, Texas. This is a three-step look to give you an overview of the many stages of the complete flint knapping process.
This is the same nodule, after several stages of material removal by percussion, or striking, with a soft hammer such as a heavy antler billet or a sturdy copper billet.
Here is the finished large blade made from this piece of Texas flint. This 8" x 3" Ovoid blade was made in 2007 A.D.
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