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    We do have fossilized coral though and it sparks pretty good once it is baked.
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    Baked chert will work too.

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    Ok so Iíve given in and accepted if I want flint Iím gonna have to buy it or wait until I go off traveling. I found a few places online that sell flint and other rocks by the lb. Iíve also found a few that sell flint ready to use for flint and steel. Iím tempted to buy some by the lb. what is the difference between spalls and flakes? Which should I buy?

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    A spall is a larger flake. A flake can be very small.
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    If folks are going to buy flint, I'm going to order a load of gravel and pick up a bunch of flat rate boxes at the PO tomorrow!

    I'll tell you what, next time I go to the ranch (maybe this week), I'll pick up a bunch of flint rocks and send them to you in a flat rate box, if you'll pay the postage. The rocks are free (that's just what kind of guy I am....) (if this works, no kidding, I'm going into business...).

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    Alan, folks have been buying flint since time began!

    Good tool making flint was a #1 trade item between the Indian tribes with obsidian from the Rocky mountains a high value good. The novoclite from Arkansas was also prized. That is the stuff we make Arkansas knife sharpening stones from. They had some pink chert over there that is found all through TN and KY as grave goods.

    In Europe and Asia they track the travel of technology during the stone age by the flint that was traded among the cultures with french flint in Great Britain, German flint in Italy and such. With the flint went new methods f flaking and the spread of more efficient point shapes.

    Even the cave men were working the profit margin.

    After firearms were invented it was the gun flint that was doing the traveling. The French and English shipped gun flints to the colonies by the barrel full. I know hundreds of barrels were shipped into Mobile, which was a French colony.

    The best Muzzle loading flints for a flintlock rifle are made from English black flint and they are still being imported. Most of the flints sold from the ML suppliers are imported from England.

    The French gun flints are often colorful and tend to go to yellow and caramel colors.
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