This mix of small spalls and flakes is graded
for our own kits for their size and ease for beginners to learn on. Stone
types included in this mix are heat treated Novaculite, heat
treated Keokuk, Obsidian and/or Dacite. Sizes range from flakes to small
spalls that will require some percussion. Mix will include mostly 2-4 inch
material. Sold by the pound. (Product picture shows 3 pounds).
The small spalls offer a chance to try your hand at
percussion flaking techniques, while some of the smaller flakes allow you to
jump right into pressure flaking methods. These sizes of stone are perfect
for a small antler or medium copper billet, no large billets required to work.
These pieces can produce small blades and points.
Arkansas Novaculite most often is white to off white but can sometimes be
found in shades of black, translucent, red, and purple. Keokuk is a high quality
chert found in parts of Oklahoma and surrounding areas. Keokuk is typically
cream to pink colored when heated, and may contain bands and speckles of bright
red and brown. Obsidian and Dacite can either be black or grey
and are igneous stone types found in areas with past volcanic
WARNING: Stone flakes can
be sharper than razor blades! Exercise extreme caution!
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.
If you are unsure about what you need, please visit our Flintknapping Buyer's
Guide, or feel free to contact us and we will
be glad to help.
More pieces of stone per pound than our larger 3-6 inch
material, these small spalls and flakes spread out over a class or seminar
particularly well. Also, only one small to medium billet is needed to work
these sizes of stone, rather than a large elaborate tool kit. The mix of stone
types help offer some variety and allows a new knapper to identify a
particular stone type that they may want to try more of in the