Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Soft hammer

I mentioned yeasterday that I had made a soft hammer for flint knapping; A soft hammer is used in flint knapping to remove flakes of flint, chert or other knappable rocks  which can be used immediately as blades, or shaped with further knapping or to remove material to shape a larger flint tool like a hand axe. Above is the finished antler soft hammer made from the beam of a red deer antler at the bottom with the tines and crown points removed. The coronet of the antler has been abraded so it is roughly smooth and will present a clean striking surface rather than all the knobbly bits of the coronet.

A flake ready to be used as a blade struck from a flint core

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