These CAPSIAN TRADITION flake tools were found on an exposed African Neolithic site in the Sahara Desert in Northwest Africa. Each was masterfully fashioned by African Neolithic humans (Homo sapiens sapiens) between 10,000 and 4,700 years ago. These artifacts were hand-selected from thousands of incomplete and inferior stone tools of the era and region.
Included in this set are two large knives made of a beautiful plum-colored tabular flint. You can see the layered lines in the flint on the larger knife, adding to the unique beauty of tools. The white areas are natural hollow pockets in the flint. One of these happened to be on a cutting edge so its Neolithic maker just worked around it when sharpening. Both were found on the same site and show identical hues with a light mottled patina to the flint. They also possess a natural sheen called "Desert Varnish" caused by the effect of the wind and sand polishing the surface after being exposed for thousands of years on the desert floor. These tools are of the finest quality and are complete. Each stone tool exhibits the highest degree of skill in workmanship. The color and patina are especially fine, their beauty surpassing all commonly found tools.