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Knapping flints and Silicosiss
« on: Feb 23rd, 2017, 12:52am »
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I just learned about this from a kindle book by GJ Kelly and its titled “Gun Flints and how to make them”   It cost me $.99. He states Everytime a flake is struck millions of particles of silicone dust explode from the fracture.  Breathing the dust into your lungs has a similar effect on your wind bags as chewing razor blades does to the lining of your mouth. Preventive measures are to only do it outdoors and never in a contained area where you or the ones you love will be exposed to the dust.  It stays in air in a contained shed etc.  The particles are so fine they pass through masks.  He suggests that if you are sharpening a flint that while doing it you blow out air like you are whistling to prevent particles from entering your lungs.  Wash your hands and clothes right away to remove most of the particles.  Do not smoke, eat or drink while flint knapping.
This seems quite harsh but boy is is great to know.  Please pass this on to fellow flinters.  For other information he says color has no bearing on quality but the ones that are not heated give the most successful strikes because they are the hardest.  The ones that are heated in manufacture are more brittle.
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Re: Knapping flints and Silicosiss
« Reply #1 on: Feb 23rd, 2017, 6:19am »
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I just sent inquiries out to the Log Cabin Shop and Dixie Gunworks about this subject.
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Re: Knapping flints and Silicosiss
« Reply #2 on: Mar 2nd, 2017, 4:49am »
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They don't answer my inquiries.  I just searched flints and silicosis and it confirms the threat of ignoring precautions.  It does not deter my love for the sport but I will follow safety precautions.
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