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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-20-2010, 10:53 AM Thread Starter
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chert ?

A good buddy of mine , who is a heavy equipment operator , told me about this stuff when I was asking about flint . Anyway he got me some and I ,crudly, chipped away at it until I had a piece about the same size as the flint in my Firestorm.I put it in the hammer of my gun and man it gives off some really good spark.Don't know how long it will last , but it is free and very easy to come by. has anyone else used this stuff? will this damage my frizzen? thanks.

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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-20-2010, 10:59 AM
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Re: chert ?

Chert is another name for flint...It's what they made arrowheads from ages ago.
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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-20-2010, 11:46 AM
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If you get us some pics we can tell you what kind of chert it is.
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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-20-2010, 06:37 PM
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Re: chert ?

I have about 3 doz American Chert flints I picked up last year.Guy I bought them from knaps in the midwest.Didn't really get to try them alot for durability but give decent spark.If it works,go with it.

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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-21-2010, 11:16 AM Thread Starter
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I don't have a digital camera yet and it would probably take me quite a bit of foolin' around to figure out how to post any pics. The pieces I have are kinda reddish or even pinkish, waxy looking stuff and very hard. Seems hard to shape into something the right size for the gun.There are probably tools for this, but being new at the flint lock thing I don't have any yet.Now if I could just make my own powder.

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