Flint Knapping 101

Learn the ancient art of flint knapping from Primitive Skills Instructor Phillip Liebel. Get ready to learn all the skills necessary to knap your first stone tool from rock such as flint, chert, or obsidian! 75-minutes.

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Learn the Art of Flint Knapping!

- with Phillip Liebel -

Who is this course for?

Have you ever wanted to learn how to turn rocks you can find in the wild into stone tools such as arrowheads, knives, drills, scrapers, and axes?  Look no further! 

Primitive Skills Instructor Phillip Liebel has created this step-by-step introductory flint knapping course to guide you through the paces.  From choosing rock to detailed pressure flaking and everything in between, he'll teach you the basic skills you need to know in order to successfully make your first stone tool - no experience required!

Whether as a past-time hobby or for serious survival, flint kanpping is a skill that connects you to the past that still lives inside of you.  

Master the art of flint knapping today!

Course Objectives

What can you expect to learn?

  • Choosing Rock

    Learn about the properties and types of rock that make good candidates for stone tools.

  • Understanding Platforms

    Every good strike starts will a well chosen platform. Learn how to spot and prepare the perfect striking platform.

  • Creating Bifaces

    After you learn the art of striking (and making a quick stone flake tool), you'll then advance to working BOTH sides of the rock, called a Biface.

  • Advanced Knapping

    You'll learn advanced knapping techniques that will help you to thin, shape, and perfect your tool.

  • Indirect Percussion Tool

    You'll be introduced to a flint knapping technique called "indirect percussion" which can help you make quick work of your stone tools.

  • Pressure Flaking

    Learn the basic of pressure flaking to finish and detail the final stages of your stone tool.

What are other students saying?

  • Outstanding instruction

    Chance Chaffin

    I have spent a lot of time learning from Phillip. You will not find a more logical and effective teacher. His grasp of not only the techniques, but the histo...

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    I have spent a lot of time learning from Phillip. You will not find a more logical and effective teacher. His grasp of not only the techniques, but the history behind their development is amazing. I highly recommend that anyone wanting to learn privative skills sign up for his courses!

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  • 101 rating

    Jason Lawson

    Very informative ! Clear explanations of the process !

    Very informative ! Clear explanations of the process !

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Printable Flint Knapping Cone Template

Included in the course is a FREE Downloadable Template that Phillip uses in his live courses to help students make successful stone strikes based on proven PHYSICS and not GUESSES. [FREE inside your student dashboard.]

Meet Your Instructor

  • Phillip Liebel

    Owner, Primitive Wilderness Survival School

    Phillip Liebel

    Phillip Liebel started exploring his Cherokee heritage after hearing stories from his mother and grandmother. It began with learning how the Cherokee made their bows and gradually moved into primitive living skills in general. Phillip specializes in primitive shelters, friction fire, water procurement and purification (specifically without containers), primitive traps and snares, primitive cordage making, primitive archery and hunting, primitive fishing, fish traps, natural fish poisons, wild edible and medicinal plants, flint knapping, and stone age living skills in general. Phillip is the Owner and Instructor at Primitive Wilderness Survival School.

Course Curriculum

  • 1
    Intro to Flint Knapping
    • Terms & Conditions, Disclaimers, and Waiver of Liability
    • Satefy While Flintknapping
    • Materials & Tools
    • About Knappable Rock
  • 2
    Knapping Your First Stone Tool
    • Making Your First Strike & Creating a Quick Stone Tool
    • Creating a Biface (Working the Piece on Both Faces)
    • How to Thin a Biface
    • How to Use an Indirect Percussion Stick
    • Introduction to Pressure Flaking
    • Pressureflaking Continued: Working Stone Flakes
    • Pressure Flaking & Finishing the Piece
  • 3
    • Beyond Tools: Next Steps