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Offline benp

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Red/brown flint
« on: May 17, 2018, 08:22:12 am »
Hello all, I just started my first point out of some obsidian since that was the only material I could find to buy in a rock store. I live on the east coast of NC and ainít many rocks to be found naturally. But the reason for my post here is that years ago my brother found a arrow head point in the field and is my favorite point Iíve seen. We thought of it as red flint and I wanted to try and make some just like it but canít seem to find brown or red flint anywhere on the market as if it doesnít exist.

I did find a small rock on a field path that I believe is the same material but I feel it is in no shape or size for me to knap to a point. So I wanted to make sure we identified the material correctly and to see if there is a source that I could buy some from.

The point is small and is sort of waxy looking compared to the glassy look of obsidian.

Offline benp

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Re: Red/brown flint
« Reply #1 on: May 17, 2018, 08:23:57 am »
The rock I found

Offline mullet

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Re: Red/brown flint
« Reply #2 on: May 17, 2018, 10:21:11 am »
The red color could be patina and the real stone might not be that color. You can soak the point in mineral oil for about a week and it will show you the color without patina. After you take it out it will revert back to the former color in a week or so.
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Offline Zuma

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Re: Red/brown flint
« Reply #3 on: May 18, 2018, 07:36:54 am »
Pretty sure your point is Jasper.Most likely imported from Virginia.
 Maybe even Pennsylvania.
Here are some I made from VA jasper recently.
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Offline Tracker0721

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Re: Red/brown flint
« Reply #4 on: May 19, 2018, 06:04:08 am »
Could it have been a heat treated piece? That usually gives a waxy consistency.
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Offline Hummingbird Point

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Re: Red/brown flint
« Reply #5 on: May 20, 2018, 08:29:16 am »

Offline JEB

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Re: Red/brown flint
« Reply #6 on: May 20, 2018, 10:26:13 am »
Kind of looks like coastal plains to me????

Offline Zuma

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Re: Red/brown flint
« Reply #7 on: May 20, 2018, 01:13:13 pm »
East coast of NC makes me think:

http://www.dhr.virginia.gov/arch_DHR/Lithics/Pebble%20Jasper%20Chert.htm

Good link Keith.
Jeb lf you are thinking along the lines of Flint River type chert, they are quite similar.
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Offline benp

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Re: Red/brown flint
« Reply #8 on: May 20, 2018, 05:53:38 pm »
Thanks everyone for the responses. Those pictures and links were helpful

This piece I have no way of telling if it was heat treated since it is an artifact from Indians of the area. I never knew there were so many different rocks used for points with different qualities.