If its for fire making, argillite is a passable alternative.. not quite as sharp or "glassy" but it makes adequate sparks for char cloth. As far as flit knapping goes, im not sure. i know it was used by Maori for tool making..
hope this helps.
Hi Ross thanks for the reply. Yes it's for fire lighting, do you know if you can find argillite anywhere south of Canterbury as I live in Otago.
And thanks for your help,
Cheers to you Ross
Some one was asking about where to get obsidian for knapping in the north island and if i remember correctly was being directed way up north but Rotorua is closer and If you drive along state hiway 30 there is a place where the toe of a ridge has been dozed and the centre of the face is almost solid obsidian I have a couple of blocks one about 10 lbs and the other around 6 hope this helps Rob
Hi are you still running the gem shop in Auckland? I need some flint too if possible. I realise your post was from some time ago so hope you get this message...