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(E) Student Practice For Improvise a Flint and Steel Striker

Discussion in 'BushClass USA' started by Skab, Sep 29, 2011.

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    Student Practice For Improvise a Flint and Steel Striker

    I made these a couple years ago from broken files that I found at work. The only thing that I had to do to them both was to remove surface rust and prepare the edges. I prefer the largest one because not only can it throw a spark, but the file section works well enough for other tasks (bone or wood). I do have two that were purchased from a blacksmith, but I gave them to my son.
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    1* 2x t-shirt and punky wood ready to be charred.
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    Tins placed into fire pit with field stones on top of them to keep the pressure from opening them up and ruining the charred punk wood and cloth. If I were using a paint can, I would have to put a hole in the lid.
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    After about 10 minutes, I removed both containers with tongs and placed bricks on them until they are cool to the touch.
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    My flint and steel kit, some nice black flint an old file, some jute twine and charred cloth. the tinder bundle is sage grass with incense cedar shavings.
    I charred up some hemlock punkwood, some catail reeds and some of the incense cedar bark.
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    A few months ago we broke a file in the shop. I decided one of the shorter pieces would make a good striker. I cut up a little juniper wood and used the file to get an ember glowing to light a bit of jute twine.

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    I put a few cutup pieces of denim in my handy char maker and placed it in the fire.

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    My little man practiced his bushcraft skills
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    Soon we had fresh charred cloth and there really was no good reason to waste a good fire.
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    Here's my improvise a flint and steel striker. I shared how I made the striker in another thread, if you'd like to see how here's the link so that I won't be double posting.
    http://bushcraftusa.com/forum/showthread.php/152291-Improvised-Flint-Striker
    And here's the video of me using the striker to start a fire and making char cloth.
    [video=youtube;AUcRNzbMfNI]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AUcRNzbMfNI[/video]
    Many thanks BCUSA!
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    I use a variety of knives for making flint/steel fires (i.e. every fixed blade I take into the woods):
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    Made this a few months ago but had to wait until the weather wasn't so hot outside to start a fire.

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    Used an old file but didn't break it because I use it and have a striker in my kit.

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    Drier lint loosely wrapped around the char cloth lit and caught some shavings to build the fire.

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    Duck cloth scraps

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    Oh yeah, new char cloth!
     
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    Tried a few things but the broken bit of file worked best, probably because is was the hardest. Used it with some English flint an some quartz found by the stream. Charred some fabric from an old duffel bag, which ended up being excellent char cloth.

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    Piece of file.

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    Load up the charring tin.

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    It was really dark out, here is a pic of the spark.

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    and caught it on some cloth

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    blow into flame - nest with jute and birch bark paper

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    add some fuzz sticks

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    put the charring tin on to cook

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    new char cloth ready to use.

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    My DIY, used an old file, flint striker

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    Practice for Improvise a Flint and Steel Striker. I didn't want to break a file so I initially tried to use my knife to spark the flint but had no luck (I also didn't want to cut myself), so I looked around for something else to use and came up with a hardened steel number punch. I wound up using fine sandpaper to polish off the blued finish on one side so it would strike better.

    Punch, Flint, Char Cloth
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    Tinder is feathery grass fibers and Old Man's Beard lichen
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    Staring to burn.
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    Flame. Everything was really wet that day and hard to ignite.
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    I wasn't sure if making more Char Cloth was still a requirement for this elective, but I made some more anyway.
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    Cooking
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    Looks Good
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    Here is my submission for this elective. I decided to go with a file as the striker. After the entire process of getting the fire started, I used pieces of a cotton strap for char cloth. The thicker material tends to last a bit longer than most others.

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    The birds nest is inner tree bark, broken file with round edges.

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    I used a old Nicholson file i had that was pretty much done for. Trimmed it up so it will fit in the Altoids can. Had some natural Char from cedar bark and cattail fluff. Got a ember and blew it to flames with a piece of birch bark, but i missed that pic because it went up to fast, then i threw it in my stove i made previously for bushclass, and with some cedar wood shavings i made another batch of char cloth! P7030149.JPG P7030150.JPG P7030152.JPG P7030153.JPG P7030155.JPG P7030157.JPG
     
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    Here is my improvised striker from a file. I also made char cloth and blew it into flames.

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    Used my Father's old Case folder for an improvised striker with flint to start a fire in my newly made Ikea Hobo Stove. Tinder Bundle was Jutte Twine, Birch Bark and Dry Oak Leaves.

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    Struck sparks directly into my char tin without holding the cloth against the flint, Never tried that before... but got a good spark into it right away!

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    Transfer to twine nest and then into tinder within the Hobo Stove.

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    Filled a tin with puk wood, charred it on the fire and sparked an ember in that after it had fully cooled.

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    Materials, Nicholson file, chert, denim and punk wood
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    No problem getting the cloth to light up, need to work on my technique on throwing sparks down to get the punk to work.
     
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    I used my file striker on the flint and steel with char cloth lesson, so for this lesson I thought I would use my axe. The charred material is cat tail. Hope you enjoy!
     
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    My student practice for home made steel striker...
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    Fire prep
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    Sparking char cloth...
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    20170203_092453.jpg ..burning birds nest
    20170203_092700.jpg ....burning fire with char cloth tin.... 20170203_093033.jpg

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    IMG_0808.JPG Getting ready: char loth, dry grass, chert and an old file. IMG_0809.JPG 35 minutes later, I finally managed to get a spark onto the cloth and have it stick! IMG_0810.JPG It almost went out without flaming up but I added some charred punk wood and got it burning. IMG_0811.JPG A piece of a clean, old athletic sock. IMG_0812.JPG Cooking..... IMG_0813.JPG ...and done! I made a double batch. What a PITA and I need some more strikers, this improvised stuff isn't for me! This would have ben the longest and most dull video ever.
     
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    This was a fun lesson and my last required elective for basic. Got me outside on a blustery day and made me clean up some debris from the yard. I started a fire using premade char cloth flint and a file as an improvised striker, with redwood curls/feathers/tinder, then did a failed natural char with birch bark, then started another fire with premade char then made charcloth from cotton tshirt material, then started another fire with that charcloth. First second and third time starting a fire with F&s.
    To start with here is an image of my tripod, I stole it from my son's stick bot animation studio set... it is not ideal lol

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    Having explained my handicap here is my uncut, live edited video, warts and all. If you want to skip the failed natural char test skip to about 10 or 12 minutes. Thanks for watching.




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    I used my Mora Companion to strike a spark into char cloth.

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    Homemade striker with old file.
    Using quartz stone.
    It makes good sparks, not as abundant as the flint, but enough.
    Cotton towel char.

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    Here is the old t-shirt I'm using for char cloth.
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    I used a hacksaw blade and a piece of quartz that I found nearby for this class.

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    An ember
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    The fire!
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    Old file and found on the side of the road flint.
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    My prep for this elective.
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    The process.
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    The finished product.
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    Improvise a flint and steel striker
    I used an old broken file
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    I put it in a vise and broke it. Then i used a grinder to shape it. I drilled a hole through it in case I want to attach it with some cordage 20170209_151147.jpg Gathered my prep, tinder, charring material and tin. Plus a suitable rock with some previously charred material
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    Starting a fire with the improvised steel
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    Char tin in the fire
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    New batch of char cloth
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    I found an old file in a local antique shop for $1 so I wrapped it in a cloth and placed it in a bench vice and smacked the crap out of it and bam! Steel striker!!

    the cloth is an old flannel shirt
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    ember burning in a nest of dry grass
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    blown to a flame
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    tin on the fire
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    we have char cloth
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    there's a glow in the birds nest
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    and we have fire...again
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    F is for Flint, File, & Fire. (round 2)

    The tools. The improvised striker is the proverbial Nicholson bastard file. I ground down the file ridges on one edge with my Dremel. The potential char is punkwood.
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    The method. I pinned the charcloth and struck the flint downward to get the sparks. It is a method I saw on David's Passage YouTube channel, although he used a Mora.
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    The ember. Hard to see due to the bright sunlight, but you can see the charcloth turning from char to ash.
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    The fire. Here is the tin in the fire.
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    The results. Freshly charred punkwood.
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    Improvised flint and steel using an old file and a twig stove to create more char WP_20170726_14_33_47_Pro.jpg WP_20170726_14_34_21_Pro.jpg WP_20170726_14_34_44_Pro.jpg WP_20170726_14_35_29_Pro.jpg WP_20170726_14_35_46_Pro.jpg WP_20170726_14_39_33_Pro.jpg WP_20170726_15_36_02_Pro.jpg
     
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    Here is my photos of an improvised flint and steel, building a fire, and making more char cloth
     
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