Here we have a piece of Mesolithic flint 10,000 – 4,000 BC, worked by one of our ancestors to assist him with his daily life.Also pictured is my Swiss Army pocket knife, which assists me when I’m out on site.
There’s no comparison we might think, how could there be ? After all there is a good 6,000 years between their manufacture.
Well, let’s take a closer look.
My Swiss Army knife has two cutting blades.
The flint has two cutting edges, one on the bottom and one on the upper left side.
The smaller knife blade is rippled and could take the flesh off bones.
The Flint has a notch ( the 90 degree angle) , perfect for stripping meat from bone.
Either knife blade could be used for stripping the bark off wood.
The notch on the left side of the flint is perfect for doing exactly the same i.e. in the making of arrows.
My knife has a saw blade for cutting.
The lower edge on the flint is razor sharp and would do the same job.
My knife has a bottle opener and a corkscrew.
Well okay,the flint doesn’t , but our ancient forefathers didn’t have bottles so they didn’t need them !
I think you’d agree this is the Swiss Army Knife of it’s day .