your rock dealer know exactly what you want!
not tolerate poor quality material!
you are not satisfied with flint from your rock dealer
you should request a refund for the remaining material!
you get what you were expecting?
the spalls to thick?
the material flawed or cracked?
so, contact them and request a refund for the unused material.
dealers should stand behind their stone, It's as simple
in mind , rock dealers can not see inside their flints
to be 100% positively sure of purity.
the other hand, rock dealers who are knappers and spall
their own stone should be able to guarantee a very high
percentage of the material to be of good quality. After
all, they should be familiar with working, trimming and
heat treating the spalls.
should expect that 90-95% of the stone you purchase should
be free of problematic cracks, flaws and be properly heat
treated if applicable.
in mind not all flints are for everyone.
Raw unheated materials and or odd challenging shapes are
poor choices for beginners.
Odd shaped spalls present high difficulty levels. They
can be worked but the challenge
is detrimental to the beginning knapper. Let your rock
dealer know your skill level so they can select the right
stone for your needs.
you progress, your improved abilities will allow you to
knap a broader spectrum of materials, shapes and grades.
then, new Knappers should choose quality stones with good
you have questions or comments concerning this subject,
please contact me.