These 2-4 inch Heated Novaculite flakes and small spalls are particularly well suited for beginners for their price and size. One pound is usually 3-5 individual pieces of stone in this size range. Great for small billet work and pressure flaking, these pieces can produce small knife blades and spear points, as well as arrow points and other tools.
A great knapping stone for both beginners and advanced knappers, heat treated Novaculite is famous for its predictable flaking and easy workability. Our current stock is mostly porcelain white to off white with the occasional band of translucent quartz, grey or pink; some pieces may be the fully translucent variety.
Our Novaculite stone is mined and heated in-house to control quality and consistency from out of the quarry to your doorstep. Hundreds of tons of overburden and weathered 'rotten' novaculite must be removed before we see the first spall of nice clean stone. We only use digital temperature controlled kilns to ensure that the stone is heated properly to the optimal temperature for the right amount of time.
We strive to provide the cleanest, blemish free knapping material within our means. On some spalls however, blemishes do get past us because not all defects are evident at first or even second inspection. In efforts to avoid defects as much as possible, we perform a few thinning blows to ensure that you do not pay for large amounts of waste, over thick spalls, or fragile/thin sizes that will shatter with the first strike.
Novaculite is a form of chert found in the Ouachita Mountains of Arkansas and
Oklahoma and in the Marathon Uplift of Texas. Novaculite is considered to be
highly siliceous sediments and may be a product of the low-grade metamorphism of
chert beds. The strata were deposited in the Devonian Period and subjected to
uplift and folding during the Ouachita orogeny of the Pennsylvanian/Permian
Periods. Novaculite is very resistant to erosion and the layers of novaculite
stand out as ridges in the Ouachita Mountains.
Novaculite is a form of microcrystalline or cryptocrystalline quartz. The color
varies from white to grey-black and the specific gravity shows an increase from
2.2 to 2.5. The very hard dense rock is commonly used as a whetstone. It has
been mined since prehistoric times both as material for use as arrow and spear
points and as sharpening stones. Moreover, the upper strata of Arkansas
Novaculite, known as tripoli, has found a niche within the coatings, adhesives,
sealants and elastomer industry as a performance additive or filler. Tripoli is
mined in the Hot Springs area of Arkansas.
word novaculite is derived from the Latin word novacula, for razor
Tool pack of some of our most popular modern
flintknapping tools in one cost effective bundle. Features two sizes
of copper bopper billets and supporting supplies, good for small to large
spalls. The copper bopper billet design features a lead core that
provides a comfortable weight forward strike and soft
Our most popular size of traditional percussion tool, this
medium 5-8 oz traditional antler billet is perfect for flake removal
and some fine work on medium to small points and blades. Sourced
from naturally shed deer antler, all of our 'abo' billets are
domed and can be resurfaced many times. Sold
Medium USPS Flat Rate box packed with 12 pounds of our #1 graded and cleaned 3-6 inch Flint knapping Spalls Mix (Texas Flint, Novac, Keokuk, Obsidian & Dacite). Box price includes shipping within the domestic United States.