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Where can I find Flint?

Hunting flint is one of my favorite things to do. It's an adventure every time I go on a rock hunt! Over the years I have searched far and wide for the finest and most colorful materials for knapping. Many times I have come up empty handed and an empty gas tank. I always wondered where the "Mother Lode" was or if such a thing existed. In my quest, over the years, I have found some fantastic flint sources. It is a lot of hard work yet very satisfying experience.

Here are some tips for your next rock hunt!

The best advise I can give to the "flint hunter" is this: familiarize yourself with geological maps of the areas you plan to hunt. Look everywhere, in plowed fields, look in the gravel of creek and river bottoms, construction sites, under bridges and eroded roadside ditches. Be sure to get permission from land owners first! I assure you it is not worth the risk. The rewards are greater when material is gathered with a blessing from the land owner. Beware of "freeze fractured" flint. This is flint that has been exposed to freezing and literally frozen. The problem starts with this. Flint and all other stones contain moisture deep within the stone, when the temperature falls well below 32 f. the result of the expanding freezing moisture is fractures the flint. This is a bad thing for knappers. This material is useless unless the pieces are large enough to knap. You want pure crack free stone. It can be a serious challenge to find high grade stone. If you plan on getting material from construction sites, get them before it freezes. These stones have never been exposed to freezing temperatures and when they do, they will likely suffer. Searching creek and river bottoms can be a lot of fun. Take a big copper billet and start testing the gravel to see what is inside. You never know what you might find!

In summary, do a lot of research. Talk to artifact hunters, they know what the flints look like from their area. Don't waist your time in areas where there is no flint to be found. Don't expect other knappers to reveal their sources. Many a knapper has spent years to find their "honey holes". Remember, always get the land owners permission to hunt rocks on their property! Try to hunt areas that have not been exposed to freezing. Use common sense, have safety equipment along. Take Band-Aids, gloves, safety glasses and long pants. Just take a day off work and get a tank full of gas and have fun exploring the country side. It's great fun! you never know what you might find!

If you don't have much luck or just don't have the time you can get good material from reputable rock dealers. You want to learn more about modern knapping? Simply search this site or view the Links page.