Discussion in 'Fire' started by WRKNMAN, Nov 20, 2010.
is there any thing that can be used in place of flint with your steel?
A Member here Sweeney used Quartz with a great out come here is the Thread.
I have to say that the quartzite I picked up the other day was definately a sparker that's for sure. I can't find any flint around here at all, it's getting fustrating. I know I can buy some, but would love to find it on my own.
where do you find quartz?
Check out the nearest creek. Quartzite (quartz containing stone) is fairly common in stream/river gravel deposits where I'm from. It will be a milky white color. Pick up rocks and try them - there are often natural chert (basically flint) cobbles to be found in streams, they'll strike a spark. Bang a couple of fist sized cobbles together and see if they'll flake - in areas with little natural stone that's one of the materials points were made out of stone - you'd be surprised at what will knap/throw a spark!
Any stone harder than the steel will cause the steel to throw sparks. Some stone spark better than others. Basically, stones that fracture conchoidally like flint work better and the thinner the edge on the stone the better chance of good sparks. But granite works too.
I use quartz here. We can find it in clear crystal form as well as the milky white kind. Mac