Abo Bone Tipped Hand Flaker
Traditional hand pressure flaker with hardwood handle and removable bone tip insert held in place by leather cord. Two bone inserts come with each flaker.
Our traditional Abo flakers feature a removable bone tip insert that allows the user to replace, modify, or re-position the tip as needed. Featuring a large approx 6 inch long fire hardened hardwood handle, the bone tip is held firmly in place by a leather cord lashing.
The flaker comes with one, 3.5 to 4 inch bone tip installed, and one replacement tip for when that one becomes worn down. Replacement bone tip inserts are readily available.
Bone tipped flakers require a slightly different flaking technique compared to modern copper tools. Being that bone seats very well on sharp fragile platforms, little to no grinding of the platform may be needed. This of course varies with the material being knapped.
Bone is very dense, but when sharpened to a fine thin point it can become brittle and break or crack off. If this is happening with any significance then the platform being flaked is too dull or ground down, or the bone tip is too thin and sharp. A slightly dull but still tapered tip proves to be the best working model for these type of tools. The tips can be modified by grinding with a chunk of sandstone, a fine wood rasp or file, or sandpaper.