First Flint and Steel

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  1. roadend

    roadend Wandering Where I Can Supporter

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    I recently picked up my first flint and steel kit. @Michael Presnell created this and offered it for sale last week. I was glad for the opportunity to grab it, as I always wanted to try flint and steel fire starting. The kit included a striker, flint, leather kit case and a striker knife. I added the char cloth and tin.

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    First step was to make the char cloth. It has been awhile since I made some. Finding a true 100% cotton shirts/rags was harder than one thinks. After trying twice with some cloth that turned out not be 100% cotton I finally got some to work. Fire was started with ferro rod and dryer lint. After letting it burn down to hot coals I added the tin. Let it burn till it no longer smoked and removed from fire to cool.

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    After a few flicks to get the hang of it, sure enough I can make it work.

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    Into the teased jute twine tinder bundle.

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    A lot of blowing. More than I thought it would take. I have more success.

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    Too hot to actually have a backyard bushcrafting fire. I let it burn out.

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    One last photo of the kit all back together.

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    This was a lot of fun and may start an addiction. I should have tried this years ago.
     
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  2. pellegrino

    pellegrino Much to learn... Supporter Bushcraft Friend

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    Very nice. Congratulations. For what it's worth, a pocket bellows makes life a lot easier.
     
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    Good Show!
     
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    Nice job. Welcome to the addiction.
     
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  5. Winterhorse

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    Handsome kit. How do you carry the knife? Do you have a sheath for it?
     
  6. Lassmanac

    Lassmanac Man Enough to be a Girl Scout Supporter Bushcraft Friend Bushclass II

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    nice! It must have take me longer than average to get my first spark to char cloth. Well done you, sir.
     
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    Nice looking kit, enjoy!
     
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  8. roadend

    roadend Wandering Where I Can Supporter

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    Pocket billows have been another thing I would like to try. I have a fear of inhaling lots of nastiness though. Maybe it would only take me a hit or two to figure out not to do that.

    Thanks. We just cant tell my wife.

    I will probably make or pick up a sheath for it.
     
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    That is a beautiful knife!
     
  10. T. Pollock

    T. Pollock T's Custom Outdoor Gear Vendor Supporter Bushcraft Friend Bushclass I

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    Congrats, nicely done.
     
  11. MrFixIt

    MrFixIt Old Jarhead LB#42 Supporter Bushcraft Friend Bushclass I

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    Yep, you’re hooked now.
    Nice job!
     
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    kcardwel Hardwoodsman Hobbyist Supporter Hardwoodsman Bushclass III

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    great job and super kit
     
  14. bacpacjac

    bacpacjac Queen of the Cups Supporter Bushclass I

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    Great job! That's a fantastic looking kit. Love that leather case!
     
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    jswi2374 Woods Bum Supporter Bushclass I

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    That little knife is awesome, I love it. Nice kit overall as well.
     
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    I've never done flint and steel before.
    Your post has sparked something in me :D Very nice kit... thanks for sharing!
     
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    roadend Wandering Where I Can Supporter

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    @GrayGhost go for it. It is good challenging fun.
     
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    NICE! You'll be hooked now.
     
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