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    Default Feeling pretty stupid: ESEE 3 vs Ferro Rod

    What is the trick to get sparks with an ESEE 3 and a ferro rod? I am feeling pretty stupid and annoyed at the moment.

    Yes, I have Googled and YouTubed the HELL out of this before I posted for help. I really didn't want to admit failure either, just saying.

    I need to use a lifeline.

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    Does your ESSE 3 have a coating on the blade?, this could be the issue, that, or the spine is not a good angle for striking...you can fix either of these problems though.
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    Did you take the coating off the blade? If so you'll need to square the spine off with some sandpaper on a hard flat surface or a file.

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    you using the edge or the spine?
    if you're using the spine, did you file a "clean spot" through the paint?
    If you're using the edge, it should spark.
    another option would be to take a dremel or half round file to square up the inside of the choil and use that for your fire steel.

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    Ok.....

    I feel even more stupid right now. I didn't even think about the coating on the spine. Cursing, whining, cursing more and publicly showing my lack of attention to detail seemed like the way to go with this problem.

    Thanks guys. For whatever reason this didn't even dawn on me.....
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    we have all been there in one form or fashion before. Its just like waking around camp looking for your knife only to relies its on your hip.

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    Even after the coating is removed you may need to file the spine square. Most coated blades aren't squared off. The sharper the better.
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    Yep, it was defiantly the coating. And as Panzer said, your probably going to have to sharpen the spine, try and get it to a 90 degree edge. And don't feel stupid about having to ask a question, we all need help with something, sometime in our life.

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    Removing the coating will work, but this is an even better solution:

    Attachment 53639

    Super hard, squared edges, and made for the job. I keep one of my firesteel's lanyard.
    Last edited by XMP; 10-29-2012 at 06:59 PM.

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    Its definitely the coating, its thick and durable, won't let a spark out unless you remove a spot of it on the spine. I had the same issue, don't feel dumb

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