Turkey Tail Point Use Experiment
Above is a picture of the Turkey Tail point that I knapped
out of a piece of tabular Texas chert.  Traditionally they
were made from Cobden chert, and Hornstone, but I
didn't want to waste those scare resources for this
See this Turkey Tail Replica I made from
Kentucky Hornstone.
Above is a picture of the Turkey Tail point hafted onto a
hemp cordage.  The cordage was hand woven with three
strands of hemp and looped to fit over my wrist.  No fancy
knots were used, just simple knots to keep the cordage
Right is a picture of the Turkey Tail
point in my hand and held in a position
ready for use.  I'm able to swing the
Turkey Tail point from a hanging/
resting position on my wrist, right up
into my hand into this position ready
for use.  It seems very comfortable in
this position, and feels "right" in my
hand ready for skinning or cutting
use.  I was encouraged right away by
this observation, as it seems to
indicate that the cordage hypothesis
has some merit even before use
begins.  Far right gives you a view of
how the cordage attaches to the wrist.
A Turkey Tail is Born
Original Measurements

:  11.7 cm


Rear Width:  3.1 cm

Middle Width:  4.8 cm

Mid Tip Width:  3.2 cm

Tip Width:  1.5 cm


Rear Thickness:  1.0 cm

Middle Thickness:  1.1 cm

Tip Thickness:  0.9 cm
November 16, 2006
Use Journal
11/16/06 - Current
While not a significant observation, it is worth noting that this point and cordage assembly have been in my pocket
almost every day since it was made.  Even though I have not used it for any primitive tasks yet, I thought it was
important to keep it in my pocket to see if long term storage in a pocket or pouch has any effect on this blades
sharpness.  To date this blade is as sharp as the day it was made.