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How do you nap flint I really want to know how to work flint but I don't know how to

I have tried to bash one piece against the other but it always ends up splitting and a just cant find on the web how to do it.

Please help me

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aeray (author)2011-02-14

Flintknapping is an art and a science, with tens of thousands of years of human experience behind it. "The Art of Flintknapping" by D. C. Waldorf is a great place to start, but finding a lesson in your area would speed up the learning curve and give you ready access to suitable materials. Expect to spend a lot of time practicing (and being frustrated) and keep a box of band-aids nearby.

aeray (author)2011-02-14

As a side note: You don't have to use flint. Depending on where you are at, obsidian, chert, fine-grained basalt, and other materials might be more available. Ishi often used thick glass. Porcelain toilet lids ("Johnstone") also work well if you're stuck in an urban environment.

henster22 (author)aeray2011-02-14


orksecurity (author)2011-02-14

If you're websearching (which should find detailed instructions), it may help to know that the word is normally spelled "knap".

Beyond that: Having the right flint, practice and patience help a lot.

rickharris (author)2011-02-14
steveastrouk (author)2011-02-14

You strike away from an edge, not into it, with glancing blows.