Black Obsidian & Dacite 2-4 inch Mix (by the pound)
Mix of two of the most popular types of volcanic flint knapping stone. These small spalls and flakes of Obsidian and Dacite are sold by the pound (3-5 pieces per lb).
This 2-4 inch mix is good for both beginner and advanced knappers for making small and medium points. The small spalls offer a chance to try your hand at percussion flaking techniques, while some of the thinner flakes allow you to jump right into pressure flaking methods. This size of stone is perfect for a small antler or medium copper billet, no large billets required to work. This black Obsidian/Dacite 2-4 inch mix is sold by the pound. One pound is usually 3-5 individual pieces of stone in this size range.
Black Obsidian and Dacite are two of the most popular forms of volcanic stone for flint knapping. Obsidian is a popular volcanic glass favored by flintknappers for its consistent quality and uniform flaking. Knappers who favor pressure flaking techniques usually enjoy Obsidian in particular for its potential to run super long flakes. Dacite is a highly knappable volcanic stone similar to Obsidian in many ways but considerably more textured and less glass-like. Knappability falls midway between cherts like Novaculite and Obsidian volcanic glass.
WARNING: Obsidian and Dacite flakes can be sharper than razor blades! Exercise extreme caution!
We strive to provide the cleanest, blemish free knapping material within our means. On some spalls however, blemishes do get past us because not all defects are evident at first or even second inspection. In efforts to avoid defects as much as possible, we perform a few thinning blows to ensure that you do not pay for large amounts of waste, over thick spalls, or fragile/thin sizes that will shatter with the first strike.
If you are unsure about what you need, please visit our Flintknapping Buyer's Guide, or feel free to contact us and we will be glad to help.
More pieces of stone per pound than our larger 3-6 inch material, these small spalls and flakes spread out over a class or seminar particularly well. Also, only one medium billet is needed to work these sizes of stone, rather than a large elaborate tool kit. The mix of stone types help offer some variety and allows a new knapper to identify a particular stone type that they may want to try more of in the future.