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Message started by Mauro Fiorentini on Dec 11th, 2012 at 8:21pm

Title: Looking for some obsidian.
Post by Mauro Fiorentini on Dec 11th, 2012 at 8:21pm
Hallo guys!
As the title says, I'm looking for some obsidian. I'd gladly barter lead glans, half truck spring or some leather for it.
If you've what I seek and are interested in trading, just let me know  :)
Greetings,
Mauro.

Title: Re: Looking for some obsidian.
Post by Bill Skinner on Dec 11th, 2012 at 10:22pm
I don't have but one small piece, I usually don't knap obsidion if I can help it, I don't like digging invisible slivers out of my hands.  If you can find it, old television screens are 12mm thick and knapp quite nicely.

Title: Re: Looking for some obsidian.
Post by towelie on Jan 18th, 2013 at 2:21pm
Would any type of rock with a good hardness and concoidal fracture work? If so you might want to expand to flint.
But! If you REALLY want some nice obsidian, try finding the GREEN variety that only comes from the jungles of central America! That stuff is awesome! I believe it was first mined either by the Aztecs (who were skilled slingers as a side note!) or the Taltecs (not sure if I spelled that right) for use in blade making. They believed the green obsidian was better for some reason...?

Title: Re: Looking for some obsidian.
Post by Mauro Fiorentini on Jan 18th, 2013 at 6:20pm
Thanks towelie  :)
I already have flint, a lot of it. Never heard of green obsidian but I think its grain was even finer than the finest black one... Bill??
Greetings,
Mauro.

Title: Re: Looking for some obsidian.
Post by Bill Skinner on Jan 18th, 2013 at 8:32pm
Glass is glass.  The edge is going to be the same thickness (19 microns or so), the colors are way different.  There is Rainbow sheen, that in the right light looks like the sheen of oil on water.  There is pumpkin, mahogony, midnight lace, which looks black until you hold it up to the light, then you can see clear spots that look like lace in the black background.   Usually though, the more colors a piece has, the more brittle the overall blade will be.

There are a number of dealers who specialize in obsidion, Craif Ratzat is probably one of the best known, if you can catch him at home.

Title: Re: Looking for some obsidian.
Post by Little John on Feb 2nd, 2013 at 1:14am
I still have some obsidian. Check it out here...

http://slinging.org/forum/YaBB.pl?num=1326136239

Shoot me an email if interested.

Title: Re: Looking for some obsidian.
Post by Mauro Fiorentini on Feb 5th, 2013 at 6:43pm
Thanks Johnny but I've found some obsidian!
Many thanks anyway!
Greetings,
Mauro.

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