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    That's a popular style that sells well, due to "Game of Thrones." I think people like dagger blades. The timber is a rainforest tree root, exposed from hundreds of years of flooding, then marked by a twisting vine over many years, which eventually rotted away, but left a black spiral all the way down and around the handle.

    Below are some of the Aboriginal repro's I do. Knives such as these were collected circa 1900AD in the Tennant Creek area. I have used Mookaite, the originals had a different stone, but I can't tell just by looking at the museum images.
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    I use genuine Xanthorea based resin for these.


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    Here's one I did for a mate a while back. It was a large Keokuk flake from bopping, so I didn't have to do much, except shape it with pressure flaking.

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    nice work i,m glad we have another knapper to the forum.
    i too make knives like that. also use animal jaws for handles.
    i have some mookite but it is cut into knife blanks.
    i use many types of stone,agite,jasper,novaculite,keokuk,all types obsidian,kay creek,goldstone
    and so on. see some of mine in making stuff section.

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    Thanks Haymaker. I'll check out your stuff.
    I really like Madagascan Green Chalcedony as a material. The colour and opaquness is very pretty.

    Mookaite is really interesting, it depends on shades of colour to how it behaves. Pure yellow is 'flaky' the purples and deep burgandys are good and predictable, the white is very fragile, the olives are gorgeous but rare and the light pink is even ,more brittle than all the variants put together.

    I had to break up 72kg's of cores to see how each colour variant behaved. :-)

    I also like Indian Bloodstone and Indian Red Jasper.
    I've used Obsidian (black, Mahogany, Smokey,) Dacite, Keokuk, English Flint, Texas Flint, Goldstone, Mookaite Jasper (a Radiolarite), Madagascan Chalcedony, Bloodstone, Indian Red Jasper, Quartz, Basalt, Belmont Chert, Mudstone, Gympyite, TV glass

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    Sorry mate, I called you haymaker!! Re: your private message, here's some stuff I have done.

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    Original "Hoko" knife. Hoko was the name of the village, wiped out by a mud slide 2700 years ago.

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    My 'Hoko' reproduction.

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    Mookaite Spalls
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    Cohikia points, white Mookaite, and rare salmon pink Mookaite.
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    Cream Mookaite, and goat shin bone handle.

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    Dacite blade and some nice, but very hard Mulga wood, for the handle.

    This is a Mookaite skinner with a chital deer stag antler handle. I kept the chalk exterior deposits, on one side of the blade, as it goes well with the ivory colour of the handle, and also accentuates the shape of the blade. I like this one.

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    wow you really do nice work and that pile of mookite spalls i,m jelous there beautiful

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    I posted this in the "Making Stuff" section, but will post here as well.
    This is a photo of some of hayshaker's worked he asked me to share with everyone.

    Hayshaker's primitive knives..jpg

    Looks good Mikey!

    ETA: Those pieces you presented are simply stunning Enigma.
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    Thanks mate, and nice work yourself Hayshaker, it's great fun getting creative with everything nature provides. I like working with bone, timber and stone. This is a bone harpoon point I made from 3 separate pieces, all held together by the sinew cordage. The more force put on the cordage, by the prey, the tighter the whole thing gets. Thanks MrFixIt

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    Another bone spearfishing point
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    here's a nice Lilac and white Mookaite blade with a piece of that same root from the Rain Forest, as another knife I posted earlier. The black twist go's all the way around in a spiral.
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    some older stuff I've done
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    L to R, Indian Green Jasper 'Bloodstone', Madagascan Green Chalcedony, Australian Green Gympyite
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    This is a nice piece of Green Chalcedony, I had to work hard on one side to thin it, but it came good in the end.
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    here's a nice photo of some more broadheads. Lit from morning light in the Blue Mountains.

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    1st Row
    Mookaite (Aus), Mookaite, Colha Flint (Belize), Mahogany Obsidian (USA),

    2nd row,
    Green Chalcedony (Madagscar), Mookaite, Red Jasper (India), Mookaite

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    Quote Originally Posted by Enigma View Post
    Thanks mate, and nice work yourself Hayshaker, it's great fun getting creative with everything nature provides. I like working with bone, timber and stone. This is a bone harpoon point I made from 3 separate pieces, all held together by the sinew cordage. The more force put on the cordage, by the prey, the tighter the whole thing gets. Thanks MrFixIt
    Outstanding work.....Thanks for posting.
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    my gosh you got some beautiful stone to work with.
    do you have a professional photographer do your photos? wow
    that last point is pretty.

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    Thanks Guys, it's nice to have fellow enthusiasts admire ones work. Makes it all worth while. :-)

    I do my own photo's hayshaker, I'm a pro and have my own post production studio, I also do our survival companies videos. But haven't done any in about 6 months, been way too busy. I'm halfway through a desert course promo in Western Australia, now THAT was a bloody awesome trip, 9 days hundreds of kilometres from the nearest town, and in an aboriginal area, exploring initiation caves, womens rocks, quartz and greenstone fields, finding debitage from knapped cores, an ochre grinding stone (for painting oneself during corroboree's) salt lakes, basalt mountains, water seeps and springs (lifeblood of the desert) spotting all manner of native wildlife, dingos, eagles, parrots, monitors, snakes, even feral goats (didnt have my bow, easy 10 metre shots!!!!).

    Mate, that trip was LIVING :-)

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