Nov 19 2007

Flint Knife

Published by at 8:43 pm under Animal Materials

As I recently have gotten more and more in love with the hafted biface, I decided to haft a knife I made from a preform I got from Scott on paleoplanet. Most of the shaping had been done, so all that was left to me was pressure flaking. To save on flint (an obsession of mine, living in an environment low in knappables) I didn’t sharpen it at the tip, but will do that as I sharpen it after use. The flint is Knife River flint.


For the handle I chose a section of antler in my ever expanding cut-off basket. The section was about as long as a knife handle should be, previously cut off by grooving and breaking.

Leave the blank for a while in water, that will soften up the pith. Start digging in the soft pith with a flake until you have a large enough cavity to accommodate the blade. I recommend using square bottomed blades or making some serrations right underneath the top of where the blade will meet the handle.


I always wash the flake I use in some water. The scraps from the scrapings I tuck between the pith and the flake. They seem to work as a ready made hide glue, further binding things together. If the fit is proper, when everything dries the blade should sit securely in the handle. I will also wrap this one with sinew and seal the wrap with pitch.


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6 responses so far

6 Responses to “Flint Knife”

  1. Marcon 20 Nov 2007 at 1:02 am

    Hey Tor’

    nice work mate
    I’d say open a museum on stone-age life and become a milionair!
    how many tools do you have now made of stone?
    what is the most important lesson you learned so far in manufacturing them inm regards ro type of material, way of working with the material and the best result to get?



  2. Owenon 20 Nov 2007 at 8:00 pm

    I like you knife, very nice flint, nice clean job too. the chatroom idea is good too 🙂

  3. young buckon 23 Nov 2007 at 5:14 am

    plez i beg if any one has antler for sale or will trade hit me up it’s hard to get antler in florida

  4. young buckon 01 Dec 2007 at 11:37 pm

    same if any body has knapping material
    i live in a place with gaters not the caloosa
    and fish not deer

  5. justmeon 25 Jun 2010 at 1:53 am

    Hi! I wonder if you might tell me whether a Knife River flint will need resharpening at some point & how one would do it? Thanks!

  6. Torjus Gaarenon 25 Jun 2010 at 1:08 pm


    It does need occational sharpening and is sharpened like any other flint. It’s a bit hard to explain how to do it in a few lines. If you like to read litterature on it I recommend this book:

    Flintknapping: Making and Understanding Stone Tools

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