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Branch Slice Handled Firesteel Two sizes

Branch Slice Handled Firesteel Two sizes

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Branch Slice Handled Firesteel Two sizes

Each piece of wood is a natural sustainable product, (In fact a trimmed branch) and the handles are handmade, so no two are the same.

Each fire steel has been hand finished so variations will occur. Each of these wooden handles have finished by applying 2 coats of varnish.

The lanyards attached to the handle are made from leather factory off cuts and do vary in length. The fire steel rod itself has been glued into a hole using araldite like glue.

Thousands of lights!

When you scrape them with a piece of hard steel such as a knife, hacksaw blade, or even a key, these emit long-lasting sparks of over 3000 degrees.

Confusingly these rods a given many different names, I call them firesteels. Other names they may be given are:

  • Ferro or Ferrocerium rods - Referring to the material they are made from,
  • Magnesium rod - They are not made from magnesium,
  • Modern flint or Flint Fire Starter - They have a resemblance, in use, to flint and steel fire making using natural flint.

Branch Slice Handled Fire Starter

When the rod is struck against the steel, or vice versa, a spark is thrown. Tinder can be used to catch the spark; it should be shredded up and unraveled and formed into a sort of nest, cotton wool also works very well. Put more kindling on top as it catches alight and you can build a fire from there.

How do you use it?

Ferro rods come with a black protective coating that must be scraped off before, or during, use. The inside has a bright silver like colour.

A dedicated striker, or the back edge of a knife blade, make good ferrocerium strikers due to being made from a high carbon steel and seems to make the best fire starter sparks.

For beginners we suggest setting up a safe fire area in which to practice striking and fire making. The sparks need to fall onto flammable tinder such as charcloth.

Advantages?

  • It lights quickly.
  • Long lasting (In long term storage clear nail vanish helps).
  • Waterproof
  • Windproof
  • Will still work if snapped.

Specifications: (Approximate)

Wood slices will vary

Choose between Fire-steel sizes of:

Diameter 8mm

Length 100mm

Diameter 8mm

Length 80mm

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