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170   'The Works' Flintknapping Kit

Appropriately named, this kit features two sizes of copper bopper billets with supporting tools, 5 lbs of select knapping stone, and the best instructional aides on the market in both DVD and print. The included large copper bopper enables a knapper to work larger material than what is in our lower level kits. If you are looking for a wide assemblage of knapping supplies, including stone, tools, and instruction then this kit is definately for you.

Regular Price:$89.99 / Each
Sale Price:$79.99 / Each

Product Description
Flintknapping Information

Perfect for the serious beginner to the seasoned knapper, this all inclusive package is for anyone who desires an assembly of some of the best that we have to offer.

Kit includes:

  • Medium 1 inch Copper Bopper Billet
  • Large 1 1/4 inch Copper Bopper Billet
  • Copper Tipped Wood Pressure Flaker
  • Silicon Carbide Abrader
  • Full Size Leather Leg Pad (* Rubber leg pad available upon request. See instructions below)
  • Leather Hand Pad
  • 5 lbs Select Flint knapping Stone (Mix may contain Novaculite, Keokuk, Dacite and/or Obsidian)
  • 12 Page Basic Instructional Booklet
  • Basic Flintknapping Techniques DVD (63 min.)
  • The Art of Flintknapping Book by DC. Waldorf
  • Hand Knapped India Jasper Specimen Point

The copper bopper billets included in this kit feature a lead core that provides a comfortable weight forward strike and soft impact.

Flintknapping involves sharp stone flakes and is not for all ages. Please gift responsibly

*Substitute a large rubber leg pad instead of leather for no extra charge. Simply specify request on the 'Special Instructions" field on order checkout page.


General Information on Flintknapping

Flintknapping, or Lithic reduction involves the use of a hard hammer percusor, such as a hammerstone, a soft hammer billet (made of wood, bone or antler), or a wood or antler punch to detach lithic flakes from a lump of tool stone called a lithic core. As flakes are detached in sequence, the original mass of stone is reduced; hence the term for this process. Flintknapping may be performed in order to obtain sharp flakes, on which a variety of tools can be made, or to rough out a blank for later refinement into a projectile point, knife, or other object. Flakes of regular size that are at least twice as long as they are broad are called blades. Lithic tools produced this way may be bifacial (exhibiting flaking on both sides) or unifacial (exhibiting flaking on one side only).

Percussion reduction

Percussion reduction, or percussion flaking, refers to removal of flakes by striking a core or other objective piece, such as a partially formed tool, with a hammer or percussor. Percussors are traditionally either a stone cobble or pebble, often referred to as a hammerstone, or a billet made of bone, antler, or wood. Often, flakes are struck from a core using a punch, in which case the percussor never actually makes contact with the objective piece. This technique is referred to as indirect percussion.

Soft-hammer percussion

Soft-hammer percussion involves the use of a billet, usually made of wood, bone, antler, or metal (modern) as the percussor. Flakes produced in this manner are generally smaller and thinner than those produced by hard-hammer (hammerstone) flaking; thus, soft-hammer flaking is often used after hard-hammer flaking in a lithic reduction sequence to do finer work.

Pressure flaking

Pressure flaking is a method of trimming the edge of a stone tool by removing small, fine flakes by pressing on the stone with a sharp instrument rather than striking it with a percussor. This method, which often uses punches made from bone or antler tines (or, among modern hobbyists, copper punches or even nails), provides a greater means of controlling the direction and quantity of the applied force than when using even the most careful percussive flaking. Copper retoucheurs to facilitate this process were widely employed in the Early Bronze Age and may therefore be associated with Beaker Culture in northwestern Europe.

The use of pressure flaking facilitated the early production of sharper and more finely detailed tools. Pressure flaking also gave toolmakers the ability to create notches where the objective piece could be bound more securely to the shaft of the weapon or tool and increasing the object's utility.

An archaeological discovery in 2010 in Blombos Cave, South Africa, places the use of pressure flaking by early humans to make stone tools back to 73,000 BCE, 55,000 years earlier than previously accepted. The previously accepted date, "no more than 20,000 years ago", was based upon the earliest evidence previously available, which derived from findings of the Upper Paleolithic Solutrean culture in France and Spain.

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