How to Make Stone Tools in Real Life

How to Make Stone Tools in Real Life

Hank Bangert, Writer

First, you need a hard rock or stone, like common quartz or a smooth egg shaped rock. This will be the rock you’ll be bashing against another stone to “chisel it” into a sharp edge. So, once you have that, it’s just a matter of time, trial and error, and patience. You need to walk around your current base camp and look for a rock that can be split and can be chipped. Tip: You’ll want to find as many as you can in case you mess up or decide to make more.

That was the actual part you would use in a tool. Next, let’s work on the handle. There are multiple ways to make a handle and multiple types of handles to make. The most useful one is called the heavy head attachment. It is used for hammers, axes, and shovels. To get a good handle is not hard, you just need to find a thick branch about twice the width of your finger and about a foot tall. Now, you just need to use another rock to make two notches at the end of the stick on the opposite sides of each other. Note: Sticks aren’t the only way you can make handles, bones and antlers work great too! 

 Now, you need some way to attach the rock you carved, to your handle. You will need rope or fishing line to do this (You can also use your shoelace). After you do that you will need to bash your rock again. Make two notches, just like you did to your stick at the end where you want it attached to the stick. Once you do that, just grab your string or rope and connect the rock and stick to each other, using the notches you just made. Then, tie it off and melt the end if possible to make the knot stay. You can use these methods for multiple things all around your base camp for whatever you see fit, which is why it is very helpful.