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Will stone age work ?
« on: April 28, 2012, 01:02:36 pm »
No one has posted as yet , so might as well get started. My prefrence of weapons are from another time. I am a flintknapper , a rock a hollick, I do bows and arrows , atlatl n darts, snares etc.   here Im making my wife a spear>> walking stick
                  I have more but will post if succesful.  Any one else doing primative stuff??    Grit

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Re: Will stone age work ?
« Reply #1 on: April 28, 2012, 03:23:20 pm »
As far as old technology, I do have an old replica cap n ball revolver Colt knockoff but that is TEOTWAWKI stuff. If I have to kill something I don't want to have to get in too close. I know I could fabricate black powder, remanufacture caps and make lead balls. But only after my reloading supplies on hand get consumed for the modern weapons.

I used to hunt those old arrowheads and stuff but haven't for years. Found some sweet sites with tons of chips and a few nice points but this area has been picked over for decades on all the likely high points above the river where they seem to have hung out making tools while watching for the migrating herds. Curiously, they must have travelled far and wide because the stone used for the tools is not local. Bringing in stones from far away for barter must have been somewhat tough in that hostile environment.

It is clearly an art form and great way to make necessary tools from the environment. I recall obsidian can be flaked off with as sharp an edge as a scalpel.

Hard core survival skills in a place where "roughing it" seems to be eating from cans or a freezer and cooking over charcoal briquettes. :(

I, for one am interested in the lost skills of humanity. Most folks don't realise that even the paleolithic humans had as much intelligence as we do and only lacked the accumulated knowledge of modern humans.

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Re: Will stone age work ?
« Reply #2 on: April 30, 2012, 01:16:47 pm »
Yes I find it amazing at some of the things the primative people s were capable of doing with what they used.  Some day they will be calling us primative peoples, .     Grit
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Re: Will stone age work ?
« Reply #3 on: April 30, 2012, 02:00:05 pm »
i was literally digging with a stick yesterday!  and it worked!  better than getting my hands dirty!

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Re: Will stone age work ?
« Reply #4 on: April 30, 2012, 04:53:05 pm »
I have more but will post if succesful.  Any one else doing primative stuff??    Grit
Not done any knapping myself but being a fan of the UK TV program Time Team, I know a percussive bulge from a re-flaked edge thanks to the archaeologist Phil Harding who is something of an expert in these things :)
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Re: Will stone age work ?
« Reply #5 on: April 30, 2012, 05:35:51 pm »
thanks to the archaeologist Phil Harding who is something of an expert in these things :)

And he has such a wonderful accent!

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« Reply #6 on: April 30, 2012, 06:14:58 pm »
And he has such a wonderful accent!
Oh God aaarrrr

'ere Tony, look at this 'ere bit o' pot...
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Re: Will stone age work ?
« Reply #7 on: May 01, 2012, 12:24:05 am »
I sometimes use a sling for rabbit hunting. 

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Re: Will stone age work ?
« Reply #8 on: May 01, 2012, 10:57:42 am »
Slings work. just never got past the rabbit stick. Grit
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Re: Will stone age work ?
« Reply #9 on: May 01, 2012, 07:28:57 pm »
"weapons are from another time"?

My "Whitetail Hunter" from circa 1980? (relagated to carp fishing many years ago)
Or my .58 cap&ball Mountain rifle from circa 1970? (Douglass barrel <sp?>)
Or my circa 1995(?) Barrnett "fast as lightning" crossbow? (so fast, I carry extra C-clips to hold the dang cables on, because every pull of the trigger is a crap shoot as to which C-clip will fly off)
Or my Dad's rusted and trusted 1966(?) Rem 700 ADL in .222 with a stock thats been cracked for as long as I can recall? (still holds 1/2min of angle).

Gosh!  I have socks older than those new-made flint broadheads!

I tried an atlatl when I was about 12.  I can tell you they don't work.

Much more lethal than the atlatl is a green apple the size of a half dollar, on a green stick... if you manage to hit something... it will be covered in chunky applesauce.

I tried flint knapping too.
The guys who CLAIM it is possible must have different materials in their remote , outer-edge of suberbia circa 1975 driveways than I had in mine.
MAYBE slag from steel mills is not exactlly the best choice for knapping, even if it is the black glass looking stuff.

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Re: Will stone age work ?
« Reply #10 on: May 01, 2012, 10:19:33 pm »
How about chunking a green apple with a trebauchet ?

That would be a 'green energy ' weapon ....right !

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Re: Will stone age work ?
« Reply #11 on: May 02, 2012, 12:13:02 am »
Your feeling saucy aren't you Norm? ::)

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Re: Will stone age work ?
« Reply #12 on: May 02, 2012, 07:46:49 am »
  My laugh of the morning award goes to Norm ;D ;D
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Re: Will stone age work ?
« Reply #13 on: May 02, 2012, 08:50:51 am »
How about chunking a green apple with a trebauchet ?

That would be a 'green energy ' weapon ....right !

Norm.

Especially if you cock it with a renewable source like a small TDM turbine, solar or home grown beans!

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Re: Will stone age work ?
« Reply #14 on: May 02, 2012, 12:15:01 pm »

Socks older than most flint arrow  head,s    LOL

Hay where do I post under for help with putting in a solar  powered well ?

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