10-12-2013, 02:33 PM
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I've been fascinated with obsidian ever since watching the youtube video with the guy with a long beard chipped off a shard of obsidian and shaved off the beard. Obsidian is volcanic glass and it's hard to tell slab glass from obsidiian.

I found this blade at a native American shop, Two Feathers Trading Post that had artifacts and items made by the owner who is married to a Seminole Indian woman.

He knaps the obsidian using deer antler as the native Americans did and secured the cedar handle with sinew.

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I asked him to take off another piece of obsidian that I can try shaving with.

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 10-12-2013, 02:34 PM
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  • Agravic
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Fascinating ... thanks for sharing this!

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 10-12-2013, 02:50 PM
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Very interesting indeed.

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 10-12-2013, 03:00 PM
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  • freddy
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Not only interesting but a beautiful knife, as well.

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 10-12-2013, 03:07 PM
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Thank you. Karl tried walnut as a handle but it kept splitting and he thought the dark color didn't work as well as the cedar with the black obsidian. I was expecting a shorter handle, but it feels good in the hand, as is.

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 10-12-2013, 09:02 PM
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Lovely looking knife! Congratulations!

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 10-12-2013, 10:13 PM
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Nice! And extremely sharp as you probably know. The edge is close to if not molecularly sharp. As far as working edges the stone age had nothing on us.

I'm interested in knowing how the shard shaves. The edge should last a very long time too since it's so hard.

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 10-13-2013, 07:37 AM
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I'll let you know about the shard. I shave with straights and wish they had an edge that never needed honing or stropping like obsidian.

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