Post by bluetrain on Jul 1, 2018 15:27:35 GMT
I have accumulated three or four flint arrowheads in the last fifty years of the sort that turn up in fields now and then. As far as I know, they are original Indian made arrowheads. Outside of a museum, I've never seen either a stone spearhead, tomahawk head or axe. Presumably, flint arrowheads would have been produced in greater quantity. I wasn't the one who found them.
Two that I have in front of me are not identical. They aren't even the same color. The smaller one is tan in color and 1 3/4 long by one inch wide and 1/4-inch thick. The other is black, two inches long, about 7/8-inch wide and about 1/4-inch thick. They are not of identical design but none of that is really relevant to my question. (The longer one is more oval-shaped). They both show the fine flaking to produce a moderately sharp edge, except that neither one are remotely as sharp as a dull kitchen knife. That is, I think so. I've not done any . field testing to prove that statement. I can't tell if either one was ever used. Used, that is, to kill anything. From a craft standpoint, I'd say they were very well made but a little smaller than I might have otherwise expected.
My question is, how many times could an arrowhead (or spearhead) be used before it was discarded? Assuming, of course, that it was recovered. The numbers that turn up suggest many were lost. Both of these still look fairly usable to me but I understand that American Indian archery did not approach the power or skill level of a mediaeval English longbowman but they had exceptional stalking skills.
I had assumed that flint was black, too, so the tan one is surprising. It is either colored or discolored with touches of lighter tan and light red, probably from being in the ground. The overall color is more like a greenish khaki color.