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Tightening flints with peaks........

I've had this problem before. Tonight my boy called with the same problem.............

I got him a bag of hand-knapped English flints. At least some of them have a sort of point or peak on one of the facets the hammer jaws grip down on. This leaves the flint more or less able to pivot around in there rather than being secured. He is using a leather in the jaws......... I could never get flints like that to hold, either.

Is there a secret to it ??

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If there is a trick, I haven't found it. When I order ten English flints, I usually get 6 that are nice and flat and 4 like you described. Some are worse than others... I either use them on the range or just throw them in my used flint pile.
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you can build up the low side with 2 part putty epoxy
after it hardens, shape it to level out the high spot, a Dremel drill or file works good for this

not my idea, a guy in our club showed us this, it makes some not so great flints useable.
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Itís a very simple fix. Go to the Home Depot or Loweís and get a diamond dremel grinding drum. They are about $10. You donít aven need the dremel. Chuck it in a drill and it will make quick work of flattening the top of the flint.
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Couple of very nifty ideas that never crossed my simple mind..... Thanks fellers !!!!

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Might try doubling up on the leather on bottom jaw to take up extra space from hump.

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Sometimes I'll get a flint like this when I order them online. I do as above and knock the high side down with a dremel tool. As long as the jaws of the cock can get a good grip, then you don't need to take much off, but a dremel works. When I go to places like Dixons gun makers fair, and somebody is selling flints, I will pick through the pile until I get flints that meet my specifications.
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Some folks use soft lead sheeting strips instead of leather to hold the flint in the jaws.

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I have heard that using lead to wrap flints can sometimes break hammers.

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