“Primitive” knife knapped from fiber optic glass

Craft & Design
“Primitive” knife knapped from fiber optic glass


My buddy Mike Cook of Portland, Michican, has been knapping for 30 years. It shows. And while I’d probably never dare to use such a knife for fear of damaging it, I’m still amazed at how inexpensive fine hand-knapped points and blades are compared to handmade steel knives. A traditional custom knifemaker with Mike’s experience would charge several times as much for his skill. I first ran across Mike’s work on FlintKnappers.com, which is a great all-around resource for those interested in the hobby.


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I am descended from 5,000 generations of tool-using primates. Also, I went to college and stuff. I am a long-time contributor to MAKE magazine and makezine.com. My work has also appeared in ReadyMade, c't – Magazin für Computertechnik, and The Wall Street Journal.

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