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  • Very Tough Tiger

    This five and a half inch Tiger Chert knife took longer than most. I started it yesterday but it wore me down. I went back out today and managed to finish the knife. I have knapped a lot of tiger chert and it is always strong. This particular rock is tougher than most Tiger Chert.

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    Michigan Yooper
    If You Don’t Stand for Something, You’ll Fall for Anything

  • #2
    That’s incredible! I really like the dark color of the stone it shows the flaking scars nicely, great job as always!
    call me Jay, i live in R.I.

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    • Ron Kelley
      Ron Kelley commented
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      Thanks Jay, The darker material always seems to be the best in several different lithics.

  • #3
    Really nice flaking pattern Ron

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    • Ron Kelley
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      Thanks Johnny, This is raw rock. I know you do a lot of heat-treat. I over heated some tiger chert and ruined the rock making it brittle. This one probably would have benefited from some low heat.

  • #4
    That's a Beauty Ron.
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    • Ron Kelley
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      Thanks Josh, I am pretty happy with this one.

  • #5
    Wonderful Ron it might be my favorite yet!

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    • Ron Kelley
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      Thanks Marshall, I do think it is one of my better knives.

  • #6
    Fantastic point Ron
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    • Ron Kelley
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      Thanks Matt, I was really wondering for some time if I could finish a good looking knife. This rock is really tough. The pressure flakes took all my strength.

    • Hoss
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      Outstanding job with a superb result.

  • #7
    Well Ron, you tamed that tiger! It's a beauty!
    Child of the tides

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    • Ron Kelley
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      Thanks Deb, I like that: "Tamed the Tiger" Ha

  • #8
    Excellent work Ron, the flaking is beautiful! That stone though tough, makes some beautiful work. And good job getting the lighting right to show the flaking in the photo wich is a skill all in itself... Thanks for sharing!
    Josh (Ky/Tn collector)

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    • Ron Kelley
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      Thanks Josh, You're right, taking a picture that shows the flaking can be tricky. That lighting angle many times makes the blade look rougher than it actually is. I still like to highlight the flake scars.

  • #9
    Great work for me I would like to see the banding very few pieces I have seen
    Look to the ground for it holds the past!

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    • Ron Kelley
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      Thanks Chase, This Tiger Chert does have banding. When this Knife develops a patina the banding will show but we might have to wait for that. The rock that I took this from had very contrasting stripes in the patina.
      Last edited by Ron Kelley; 06-09-2018, 06:02 PM.

    • Ron Kelley
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      Hey Chase, I went out and took a picture of one part of my patination experiment: See the post below.

  • #10
    That flaking is very uniform...the mark of a craftsman...I dont doubt that one day the ancients will contact you...if they have not already...great work Ron...
    Last edited by BabaORiley; 06-09-2018, 06:35 PM.
    The chase is better than the catch...

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    • Ron Kelley
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      Thanks Frank, Flintknapping in itself is a connection to the past. When I knap a spall or flake that was held in ancient hands then there is even more of a connection.

  • #11
    I will do more to show the progress of my Tiger Chert patination experiment tomorrow. This will give you some idea of what twenty months in open air exposed to the sun will do to the stone. My next part of the experiment is to bury the pieces in a black soil wet area for a year.

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    • Tam
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      Dried out it does look like a tiger . Love that

  • #12
    Ron that’s a beautiful artful piece . I can’t inagine even making on flake . Love the lithic !
    you know I have a knife about 3in out of Chert .
    when I pulled it out it was greys and yellow . Now
    1 year later it’s white..ish.
    But I believe it was over heat treated as the point feels
    very brittle . Then you can see where they resharpened the sides it’s not pressure flakes but flakes lateral . So brittle
    I’ll send you a pic later for just experimental knowledge .
    I just put that together from peoples posts. If I put it in water it gets its color back .

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    • Ron Kelley
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      Thanks Tamara, I'm going out to get some pictures of the tiger chert.

  • #13
    Yeah I would love to see it . Wayne bought me a omax microscope . Looking at some things under it .
    Diatoms ... can’t wait to download them and post .
    I know nothing of litichs and fossils .
    Time to learn 😊

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    • Ron Kelley
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      That's cool Tam, I have a binocular microscope with a camera. I have had lots of fun with it.

  • #14
    What jasper looks like under it is a Jimmy Hendrix experience lol you will see . And what I thought was jasper is a red quartzite Chert .

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    • Ron Kelley
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      The one flake you sent me is a quartzite and it flaked with no problem.

  • #15
    good to know . We will be on the look out .
    I keep trying to get Wayne to pull over on the freeway . S of Atlanta I saw an out crop .. yep

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