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Finger cutters~

I believe i saw a post or a pic of a guy who had about 4 or 5 little flakes that looked to be worked as some sort of finger scrapper. Reason i ask, is i was looking through a plate of chips and came across two that possibly could be used in that manner.. they fit in the fingers perfect,.. i'll have pics in a few.. . has anyone heard of anything that small for that use?.. i'm sure its possible.....

chris

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some small flakes were used as small knives. i call them thumb-nail scrapers. i have half a dozen or so. they are rich in the valley i dig. hope i helped...

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awww.. thumbnail scrapper....thats sounds right!... . i mean.. i'm no expert by all means... .. I'll be uploading the pics for the yeah's and neah's.....

cant wait to hear what ya say... shoot could just be chips for all i know~.... bring it to the experts!

thanks guys,

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Fingers, thumbs, pinky toes....Any size flint flake can be pressed into service, just the amount of identifiable
"work" seperates a piece of junk flint, from a tool.

The fatty on the right I would call a fat knife. It's pretty difficult to work down the middle of a small piece of flint, so I suspect that the owner wanted it fat

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The one thing All of the archeologists I ever knew had to say about this is that anything that could cut well was of value to someone. I often remember this when I find little caches of quarter to half dollar size flakes in more quantity that it took to knap a point.

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THATS what I was trying to say....Mike just put it more eloquently.

I was looking up Mike's Scottsbluff find in the money book and there was SCRAPER on the same page.........

To my surprise, there's a THUMB ( finger ) scraper no larger than a dime....value .50 - 1.00

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wild.... well i finlly got mine up.. here..

again, my wife was making a nice plate of chips...i just happen to finger through em and pulled these out.






you can see the serrated edge a little on this.. but its with my phone.. sorry for the quality~.





the other...





like you said.. your right.. anything you can pick up and use.. they probably did...no telling...

thanks for looking guys~... i wont be out hunting till weekend after next... I'll post what i find... oh

and lastly.. my son found this......he runs it up to me.. dad, dad... look..x marks the spot.. I'm like where did you find it???.. I DON'T REMEMBER!!!.ggrrr....lol.. buried treasure..who knows~ but cool find. up close, they look almost done by a knife..



thanks for looking~

chris

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The smaller ones are called micro-blades & they're usually not more than 1", usually they're silvers that've been worked/sharpened by serrations.

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silverbacker
The smaller ones are called micro-blades & they're usually not more than 1", usually they're silvers that've been worked/sharpened by serrations.


micro blades were mentioned in that science program re Clovis people comming over from the Atlantic side
( they used big flint blades as knives )

Same time frame on the Pacific side --( land bridge crossers ) used micro blades imbedded along a shaft for their cutting needs.