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137   Abo Bone Tipped Hand Flaker

Traditional hand pressure flaker with hardwood handle and removable bone tip insert held in place by leather cord. Two bone inserts come with each flaker.



Price: $18.00 / Each


 
 
Product Description

Our traditional Abo flakers feature a removable bone tip insert that allows the user to replace, modify, or reposition the tip as needed. Featuring a large approx 6 inch long fire hardened hardwood handle, the bone tip is held firmly in place by a leather cord lashing.

The flaker comes with one, 3.5 to 4 inch bone tip installed, and one replacement tip for when that one becomes worn down. Replacement bone tip inserts are readily available.

Bone tipped flakers require a slightly different flaking technique compared to modern copper tools. Being that bone seats very well on sharp fragile platforms, little to no grinding of the platform may be needed. This of course varies with the material being knapped.

Bone is very dense, but when sharpened to a fine thin point it can become brittle and break or crack off. If this is happening with any significance then the platform being flaked is too dull or ground down, or the bone tip is too thin and sharp.  A slightly dull but still tapered tip proves to be the best working model for these type of tools.  The tips can be modified by grinding with a chunk of sandstone, a fine wood rasp or file, or sandpaper.

 

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Traditional tools are also known by flint knappers as 'abo' tools (derived from the word aboriginal). These terms refer to tools that are made of natural materials and are similar in function to the implements used by our stone tool making predecessors throughout the course of human technological development. Examples of other abo tools include hammerstones of various densities and shapes, antler tine flakers, rib bone flakers, lashed flakers, wood billets, sandstone edge modifiers, and billets created from the base or 'crown' section of antler.

Flint knapping with traditional tools is immensely rewarding, though challenging to use and not the easiest to learn with. There remains something to be said for recreating the process that is largely accepted as one of the most important technological advances in human history with nothing more than items found on the forest floor.



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PO Box 803
Petal, MS 39465
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