Flint and Steel

Discussion in 'Back to Basics' started by Bear, Jan 20, 2008.


  1. monkeyman

    monkeyman Monkey+++ Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    I generaly keep some matches, a zipo (aside from the one always in my pocket), a couple cards of spare flints, several Tobasco sauce botles from MREs filled with Zipo fluid, a couple disposable lighters and a fero rod in my BOB. I have started a couple fires by spinning a stick against another and can say to a certainty I dont want to be frezing and wet and relying on that meathod so make sure I have several options before resorting to that one.
     
  2. phishi

    phishi Psy-Ops Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    Wow! Color me impressed.......

    I received some fire steels in my Christmas stocking and am looking for some "portable" tinder. This looks to be some good options.

    Where did you find monks cloth? How did you change it into char cloth? Got a line on more jute?

    Thanks, good to see you back at your forge!

    phishi
     
  3. Bear

    Bear Monkey+++ Founding Member Iron Monkey

    Thanks Phishi... I really enjoyed fooling around with this.. I was more playing with heat treating some new 1095 steel I got...

    Yup... best way to carry tinder IMHO.... PM me and I'll send you some...

    Monk's cloth should be available in fabric stores...

    I'll make some more char cloth tommorrow and take some pics as a tutorial for folks.... pretty easy... I've given away 3 more of these to my buddies who are just amazed at how easy and fast it is to do this the old way... Yup easier to carry a butane lighter... but there's just something "primal" about making fire this way that made all 3 of their eyes widen like kids in a candy store... fun stuff....[beer]
     
  4. Bear

    Bear Monkey+++ Founding Member Iron Monkey

    Here you go Phishi.... made some today... now off to forge some flint strikers....
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  5. the dog

    the dog Monkey+++

    you rock bear....i never made char cloth before.thanks for sharing the pic's with us.
     
  6. Bear

    Bear Monkey+++ Founding Member Iron Monkey

    Yer Welcome!... try it... an old tshirt or anything cotton will work... do it outside though... pretty noxious stuff... see all those flames... those fumes are pretty flamable... I try to post pics so folks see that it's pretty darn easy and maybe they'll try it....

    Well it was raining today but got some quick and dirty forging in today... made up a few more simple strikers... I kinda like simple sometimes... I'll add a couple more pics later... of the finished product... the strikers are all still in the quench oil.... gotta go clean up....

    Hope you enjoy...[beer]
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  7. Bear

    Bear Monkey+++ Founding Member Iron Monkey

    Here's the batch from fooling around today... simple... different sizes... good forging and heat treating practice... [beer]
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