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    Nondescript Knives

    Over the years I have come across a few, what I would consider, unnamed or nondescript knives. Some probably just fall into the category of utilitarian knives that may only be (partially or possibly) distinguishable in age, by flaking patterns or heat treating (or lack of) the lithic. All of the pictured pieces were river finds in North Central Oklahoma.

    The first knife is probably the largest artifact I have ever collected made of Foreacre Chert. It is a heavy blade but has early percussion flaking, on both sides, from tip to rounded base. Found by a friend of mine.

    The second knife is a very finely made knife, and is extremely thin for size. It is made of heat treated Florence. Has a great shape & offset haft area. Really a great looking knife. It is the only one I have collected like it. I'm sure there are more like it, but it shows the individual style of the early man who made it.

    The 3rd group, belongs to the "Tang" family of knives, but are unlike corner tangs and base tangs or even Sekans and Neoshos. I've only encountered them in the Arkansas River drainage area. If someone has seen others of this type outside the area, please let me know. They are somewhat banana shaped, very thin in cross section, generally heat treated, and have a very small tang/haft area. More likely for a cordage haft, than wood handle. A guess on my part, I think they are part of the Pelican Lake tool assemblage.

    Lyle

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    Excellent post Lyle and a fine group of knives. The large Foreacre Chert knife is a dandy.

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    Nice !
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    Good post Lyle

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    I think I see some little spots of mastadon blood on that first one! great post
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    Great looking Knives Lyle. Thanks for posting those.
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    I could see describing each one of those as an outstanding example of NA skill and ingenuity at addressing a special need - especially the re-curved one. Thanks for sharing those with us.
    Maybe next time zig before you zag !

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    Cool cool cool, cool tools!!!!

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    Interesting knives. I'd imagine those tools saw some long days butchering large animals.

 

 

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