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RockyGully
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Quartz

Post by RockyGully » Wed Aug 08, 2018 8:45 pm

Maybe Keith you could answer this one.I have struck a spark using quartz on a firesteel.I don't know if its 100 percent reliable but the stuff I used was from out west in NSW(Cobar).Has anyone tried anything but flint because there isn't much to be had around here although I have been told it's about.I',m no geoligist :lol:



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Re: Quartz

Post by Keith » Mon Aug 27, 2018 11:27 am

RockyGully wrote:
Wed Aug 08, 2018 8:45 pm
Maybe Keith you could answer this one.I have struck a spark using quartz on a firesteel.I don't know if its 100 percent reliable but the stuff I used was from out west in NSW(Cobar).Has anyone tried anything but flint because there isn't much to be had around here although I have been told it's about.I',m no geoligist :lol:
Quartz tends to be fractured, but it does work & is very acceptable. I have read that there was more Agate found in tinderboxes than pieces of flint, certainly there is more Agate to be found around here than flint. I carry a musket flint, but there are plenty of rocks around that work in varying degrees.
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Various siliceous rocks.
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Agate.
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One of our group members, Dave Woods, found this in Nundle NSW. At first I thought it was Quartz, & it could be, but it looks as though it could have some Chert in it too. Anyway, it is a siliceous rock & it works fine on a steel.
Keith.


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and that has made all the difference.
Robert Frost.
http://woodsrunnersdiary.blogspot.com.au/
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Re: Quartz

Post by RockyGully » Thu Aug 30, 2018 7:12 pm

Thanks Keith.Funny you should mention Nundle as I have heard that there are flint like rocks there. Just wondering what type of rock would be able to be knapped in a flint like fashion.The agate perhaps?



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Re: Quartz

Post by Keith » Fri Aug 31, 2018 7:35 am

RockyGully wrote:
Thu Aug 30, 2018 7:12 pm
Thanks Keith.Funny you should mention Nundle as I have heard that there are flint like rocks there. Just wondering what type of rock would be able to be knapped in a flint like fashion.The agate perhaps?
Yes Rocky, the Aboriginals knap agate. http://www.primitiveways.com/pt-australian.html
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