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The obsidian knife
28th
April

What is the purpose of a blade made from black volcanic glass? When you flake pieces from obsidian, removing bits to find an arrowhead or knife, you fashion edges up to one molecule thick. It would shatter if you tried to carve wood with it. No, this edge is meant to cut something else. A much more visceral part of survival. As we butcher the buffalo, we absolutely need obsidian knives to remove the monstrously thick hide. In modern surgery doctors use obsidian blades up to 500 times sharper then any steel scalpel; leaving cuts that heal quicker and scar less. This rock tells a story of how volcanoes once shaped the land like titans and how we make beauty from ancient bones. Black stone on the end of an arrow is not there to be an artifact or prized skill. It is there for very real relationships of life and survival.

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