Raccoon Jaw Knife - with Stand
Each flintknapped obsidian knife is one of a kind. Blades are attached using sinew. Comes with Certificate of Authenticity signed by the artist. Approximate Overall Size: 7½”.
Obsidian Knives by Flintknapper, Dale Duby —
Through eons of time, man has made his tools from stone. From simple bone smashing hand held choppers (for acquiring bone marrow) to more elaborate fluted Clovis spear and atlatl points to more modern arrowheads. Any type of stone was used that could be managed into a desirable size and shape and have a sharp edge.
The most prized of materials for pre-historic stone tool development was the volcanic glass known as obsidian. Obsidian from the Western United States has been found in the shape of pre-historic artifacts across much of the North American continent. A large portion of this obsidian came from volcanic areas in the Great Basin.
Dale Duby, of Prairie City, Oregon is renowned for his flintknapping skills and elegantly hand crafted obsidian knives. He started his business to reproduce the stone tools and weaponry of vast bygone eras using only the finest obsidian. Dale recreates these items by many of the same techniques used by pre-historic man. Grinding, abrading, percussion and pressure flaking are terms used by today’s modern flintknappers. Over the years, the line has been expanded from a few very basic aboriginal styles to now include many different handle materials, including bone, wood and antler. Many styles offer custom art work, including scrimshaw, carving and beading. Great Basin Art’s knives include oblique parallel flaking and fine craftsmanship on the handles. Juniper knife stands are included for most knives.