from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. One who knaps.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A stone-breaker; specifically, one who breaks up flint-flakes into the sizes used for gun-flints.
  • n. A stone-breakers' hammer; a knapping-hammer.


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  • (Soundbite of banging) JOYCE: Her flint-knapper today is Dennis Sandgathe, an archaeologist from Simon Fraser University in Canada.

    A Handy Bunch: Tools, Thumbs Helped Us Thrive

  • It took millions of years of evolution to produce the hands of a skilled flint-knapper.

    A Handy Bunch: Tools, Thumbs Helped Us Thrive

  • A hat-tip to John Derbyshire who linked to this very cool YouTube video of a flint-knapper manufacturing blades from a pyramidal core using a punch technique.

    Blade Manufacture

  • In West Sussex, Littlehampton Museum is running a "Little Diggers" programme, while the Surrey History Centre has an enticing day of "Eating out -10,000 years of wilderness survival" in the countryside between Guildford and Dorking, with "the help of a flint knapper, a leather worker and the local army".

    National Archaeology Week in the United Kingdom

  • She recalled the time Mrs. Koenigswald had brought into her history class a professional knapper, a person who made blades out of stone, as people had done thousands of years ago.

    The Killing Sea

  • Think of a master carpenter, or a prehistoric flint-knapper, demonstrating a particular skill to a young apprentice.

    The God Delusion

  • Perhaps it was brought up here to be reworked into another tool, by a knapper who liked the view as much as I?

    grouse Diary Entry

  • They must need a good flint knapper around here, he couldn't help but think.

    The Plains of Passage

  • It should have been just a tap, but it landed off the mark, and too hard … as though the knapper was suddenly interrupted.

    The Plains of Passage

  • He's the only knapper I've ever met who compares with you, Dalanar.

    The Plains of Passage


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