Our 3 pack of antler punches are good for use with indirect
percussion techniques for flake removal. Made from premium deer antler, these
have very little pith (marrow). Each punch included is sanded, tapered, and
ready to go.
Each three pack is different, and included are various sizes
of punches. Each punch will vary from 2 to 4 inches in length, and 1/4
to 1+ inch wide at the base.
Antler is softer than modern knapping billet materials like
copper, aluminum, and steel. This allows antler punches to 'seat' on a
stone edge platform and disperse the percussive impact without crushing the
edge, thus giving antler it's forgiving nature. Though not as easy to
learn with as copper billets, antler tools coupled with well
placed strong percussion strikes can remove some nice uniform flakes and is
actually very efficient when mastered.
After use the antler punches will develop a flat spot
on the dome. The dome can be resurfaced many times by hand with a piece of
sandstone, a rasp, or sander to extend the life of the tool.
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.
Graded for beginners and our own kit material, these small
spalls and flakes range from 2-4 inches in length. Mix may include:
heated keokuk chert, Georgetown flint, heat
treated novaculite, obsidian, and/or dacite. Sold by the pound
(3-5 pieces per lb).