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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 10-23-2017, 10:16 PM Thread Starter
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Hi All,
Anyone ever heard of fired clay arrowheads?

Seems like it would have been possible "back in the day". Yet I don't see much about it when I search for it.

It' can't possibly be a new idea... is there maybe some reason why it's not a good idea?
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I'm sure it has been tried. I think that even if you make something that looks like an arrowhead, you'll find that you can't get a sharp edge. Grinding the edge will just remove the glaze. Try it though and let us know.
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I'm sure it has been tried. I think that even if you make something that looks like an arrowhead, you'll find that you can't get a sharp edge. Grinding the edge will just remove the glaze. Try it though and let us know.
I'm thinking one of two strategies there...

1) Create the edge before firing, and perhaps grinding afterwards.

2) Just make it like a cookie cutter... the perpendicular edges might be sharp enough to do the job.

However, yes, sure... probably hard to equal the edge of obsidian.
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And you honestly believe a arrowhead made out of pottery can withstand the impact of shooting it on a arrow, when a pottery pot will break when dropped? This is about the stupidest idea Iíve ever heard.

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And you honestly believe a arrowhead made out of pottery can withstand the impact of shooting it on a arrow, when a pottery pot will break when dropped? This is about the stupidest idea Iíve ever heard.
Whatever dude.

I'm not familiar with the characteristics of fired clay... that's why I asked.

****... napped stone, glass, ceramic tile and other napped materials aren't exactly sturdy either. Many a broken stone point has been found. Used often, I think any such point eventually loses it's point.

I prefer metal entirely for that reason.

The thought experiment I was running is... "What are the alternatives where flint, chert, etc. may not be around?"

Fired clay seemed like a possibility.

If I were sure of the answer, I probably wouldn't have asked.
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Whatever dude.

I'm not familiar with the characteristics of fired clay... that's why I asked.

****... napped stone, glass, ceramic tile and other napped materials aren't exactly sturdy either. Many a broken stone point has been found. Used often, I think any such point eventually loses it's point.

I prefer metal entirely for that reason.

The thought experiment I was running is... "What are the alternatives where flint, chert, etc. may not be around?"

Fired clay seemed like a possibility.

If I were sure of the answer, I probably wouldn't have asked.
Ceramic is used in some of our body armor plates. They can withstand the impact of 7.62 rounds, multiple strikes, so I'd say given the right materials, baked clay may have merit.

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