SCRAPERS

 

 

 

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Small scrapers, often referred to as “thumb” or “thumbnail scrapers” are made of thick flakes that have remained flat on one side and flaked on the reverse side (figures 1-3).The angle of flaking is very steep, often nearly a ninety-degree angle.This leaves the flaked edge very sharp for use as an effective scraper in processing hides or working wood or other soft materials. Some scrapers are shaped blades and may even have serrated edges like these from Early County (figure 5). When added leverage was needed in the scraping process, a broken point was used (figure 6) .The broken blade was worked at a steep angle to accomplish the same purpose.These are frequently referred to as “hafted scrapers.”