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On these pages are listed supplies provided by Phoenix Obsidian Designs which might potentially be needed by a flintknapper in the pursuit of his/her craft.   Below are some of the tools necessary for Pressure Reduction work.   This form of Flintknapping is the fine detail work which shapes percussion flakes or blanks into a final formed tool.
The selection of tools provided here is guided by Dr. Arizona's personal technique preferences.
   

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#FKS001 - Pressure Flaking Handles

 
Set of Copper and Brass
Item #FKS001A:
  $5.00

Bulk Set of Ten Copper Flakers
Item #FKS001D:
  $25.00

Bulk Set of Ten Brass Flakers
Item #FKS001E:
  $25.00
DOWEL
PRESSURE-FLAKING
HANDLES
(ISHI STICKS)

(Item #FKS001)

Dowel handles, with either an inserted copper bit or brass bit.   The copper bit comes pointed whereas the brass bit is wedge shaped for notching work.   The bits are three inches long with at least two inches embedded in the wood.  The dowel wood can be sawed away in segments to extend the use-life of these Pressure Flaking Handles  (think pencil sharpening).  These are also commonly called "Ishi Sticks".   Available here in sets, individually, or in bulk.
DEFINITION


Copper Flaker
Item #FKS001B:
  $3.00

Brass Flaker
Item #FKS001C:
  $3.00

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ADJUSTABLE
PRESSURE-FLAKING
HANDLE

Item #FKS020:   $35.00

This is a unique item which Phoenix Obsidian Designs is pleased to be able to offer.   These handles are of hand-turned oak wood with an embedded brass mechanism which allows you to insert interchangeably, or adjust the length of, one of the pressure flaking bits by twisting an allen wrench screw.   This provides a long-lasting and comfortable alternative to the dowel or other forms of pressure flaking handles.   It also happens to be a close relative of the more traditional handle.   Comes with a complete set of metal bits and an allen wrench.


 
#FKS020 - Adjustable Pressure Flaking Handle

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TRADITIONAL
PRESSURE-FLAKING HANDLE

Item #FKS021:   $25.00

This flintknapping handle is designed after one of the most traditional styles.   It is a natural piece of wood  (most are oak branches)  that has been partially split to hold an antler pressure bit.   A length of artificial sinew is provided to lash the handle together to hold the bit in place.   To lengthen the bit, simply release the lashing and relash back into place.   It may be difficult to get the lashing tight enough so the bit doesn't move  (in part due to it being artificial and not real sinew).   Comes with a set of two antler bits which may need to be slightly side grinded to fit properly.

Item #FKS021 - Traditional Flintknapping Handle

 

 
 
 
 

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ANTLER HANDLED COPPER
PRESSURE-FLAKING HANDLE

Item #FKS022:   $12.00

This small flintknapping handle is a beautiful alternative to the dowel pressure-flaking handle.   A copper bit has been imbedded into a scrimshawed antler handle.   This item would make a nice gift for the Flintknapper in your life.

Item #FKS022 - Antler HandledFlintknapping Handle

 
 

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PRESSURE FLAKER BITS

These bits are cut the length to fit any number of Pressure Flaker Handle options, especially the adjustable handle above.   The copper is useful for any type of pressure flaking, being soft enough to grab the material which strong enough not to bend out of shape.   It is also a good equivalent to antler but a bit more durable.   The brass works good for notching since it holds its edge longer than copper, like the more traditional choice of tooth enamel.   Meanwhile, the antler bits and tooth enamel bits are perfect for the flintknapper trying to more accurately replicate more traditional techniques.   The antler bits are sized to fit in the traditional handle and with a slight bit of grinding will also fit in the adjustable handle option.   The tooth enamel bit will either fit the traditional handle or can be hand wrapped for ease of use.     The bit selections come in a mixed pack of 2 Copper Bits / 2 Brass Bits, or individual packs of 4 Copper Bits, 4 Hardened Brass Bits, 2 Split Antler Bits, or Single Tooth Enamel Bits  (currently Beaver Tooth).   New alternatives now available include a set of Four Square Nail Bits  (soft iron like historically used)  and a set of Four Twist-Hardened Copper Bits  (preferred by modern flintknappers).

Item #FKS002:   $5.00
Bit Type  

 
Item #FKS002MA - Copper/Brass Bits
FOUR SQUARE NAIL BITS
Item #FKS002F:
  $2.50

FOUR TWIST-HARDENED COPPER BITS
Item #FKS002G:
  $7.00

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METAL RASP

These flat bastard metal rasps are useful for sharpening and shaping your pressure flaking handle bits.   Offered here in two sizes, a small six inch which fits well into a flintknapping kit or a larger version.

Six Inch Metal Rasp
Item #FKS015A:
  $3.00
Large Metal Rasp
Item #FKS015B:
  $12.00
#FKS015 - Metal Rasp

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ANTLER TIPS

These short antler tips can be used in the hand as a pressure flaking tool.   As the tip wears down the soft central core is exposed so it needs to be sharped to a wedged shaped edge to one side of the tip.   We offer them currently in three sizes:   3-4 inches, 4-5 inches or 5-6 inches.   For a longer tip order the Tine Section Billet on the Percussion Tool page.

Item #FKS017 - Antler Tip

 
A.   3-4 Inches
Item #FKS017A:
  $6.00

B.   4-5 Inches
Item #FKS017B:
  $7.50

C.   5-6 Inches
Item #FKS017C:
  $9.00

D.   6-7 Inches
Item #FKS017D:
  $12.00
Item #FKS018 - Split Antler Piece

 
LONG SPLIT
ANTLER PIECE

These long antler pieces are wedge split from a full antler so that the issue of the exposure of the soft central core will not result in the widening of the used pressure-flaking tip.   The soft core has been ground down.   The actual width of this split will be approximately a quarter of the original width of the antler  (thus variable).   The actual length of this piece will vary considerably.

Item #FKS018:   $12.00

 

 

 

 

 

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#FKS003 - Leather Palm Guard

 

 

REINFORCED
PALM GUARD

The Single Reinforced Palm Guard is a slightly larger flexible leather piece with a second piece of hard leather stitched to the center for extra palm protection.   There is a pre-cut thumb hole.


Item #FKS009:   $5.00

 

#FKS009 - Reinforced Leather Palm Guard
LEATHER
PALM GUARDS

These are small pieces of thick leather adequate for protecting the palm of the hand during pressure flaking.   Ready to be cut to fit your individual hand and thumb placement.   These come individually or in packs of 5.
DEFINITION


Cow Hide
Individual
Item #FKS003A:   $1.00

Pack of Five
Item #FKS003AA:   $4.50
Buffalo Hide
Individual
Item #FKS003B:   $2.00

Pack of Five
Item #FKS003BB:   $8.00
Elk Hide
Individual
Item #FKS003C:   $1.50

Pack of Five
Item #FKS003CC:   $7.00

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RIB NOTCHER

This is a Rib Bone which has a square notch cut into the edge.   This bone can be used to notch a piece by placing it along the edge of the piece to be worked and then rocking it upwards.


Item #FKS019:   $15.00
Item #FKS019 - Rib Bone Notcher

 

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