Forging a Revenant style striker from start to finish

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    Forging a Revenant style fork striker from start to finish

    Talking with some buddies today who are reenactors and the topic of the Revenant's flint striker fork came up. So this evening I thought I would give it a go. Sorry guys, it's not for sale! I started with a flat bladed pitch fork:

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    Next I cut it to proper length:

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    After cutting a slit in it, I heated it up and started spreading the future tines:

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    Then I started forming the tines:

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    Next I curved the tines and thinned out the neck:

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    Then I heated heated to cherry red and let cool to relieve stress, then reheated to non magnetic and quenched...I think it turned out pretty cool!

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    And it throws sparks great!

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    That is great, a fork and a striker. I haven't seen the move yet. I would buy one.
     
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    That is great
     
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    It's a great movie! I'm sure any of our blacksmith vendors would knock one out for you. Lisa or Skab could do it I'm sure. Mine was just kind of a proof of concept. It is a cool conversation piece.
     
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    Well you sure did a fine job, and I really like your in process photos. Blacksmithing is something I wish had learned a long time ago.
     
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    I haven't seen the movie either so had to check out this thread to see what a Revenant striker was.

    Nice job!
     
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    My title was supposed to say Revenant style fork striker... But I messed up. Apparently you can only edit posts...not titles.
     
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    For those that haven't seen the movie, here is a pic of Leo's fork striker:

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    I haven't done a fire with flint and steel in 25 years or so,,, and these sorts of posts have even me wanting to make fire à la Di Caprio's fork,,,
     
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    Awesome
    Shane
     
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    Great idea, I will have to start looking for pitch forks at garage sales to make one for myself. Thanks for posting.
     
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    Click edit, click go advanced.. I didn't try to save the change on mine but it looked as if it would have worked.. unless the forum doesn't let it happen to the OP?
     
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    Exco, thanks for the tip. I got the title edited. Thanks everyone for the positive replies.
     
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    NP. Glad it worked!
    Love the forkstriker by the way.. you going to forge a matching spoonstriker and knifestriker too?
     
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    Great job on that one sir! We need to get our local vendors to make these...I would buy a couple for sure.

    Umm...as for the pic posted earlier from the movie, the sparks were going the wrong way. If you are a fan of flint and steel (as I am), you had to just shake your head and roll with it.
     
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    very nice!
    and for the record, that's a potato fork, not a pitch fork. ;)
     
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    Potato fork...guess you learn something new every day! Thanks
     
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    I like it! more than one use.

    how you like your smithin' magician? use it quite a bit?

    thanks!
     
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    Lodge Camper,

    Yes, I do like the smithin magician very much. I mostly use it when making leaves, forks, and also for turning 1 inch pipe into a cup on a candle holder. It is very handy. I picked it up in Troy, Ohio at last years Quad State blacksmithing conference.
     
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    Great work, every time I see someone using a GAS forge, I get a little green in the eyes. And I might add, green eyed of the skill too.
     
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    Any recent sparks ??
     
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    I'm from Troy. How did I NOT know there was a blacksmithing conference there??? I've been missing out this whole time D:
     
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    Not only is there a blacksmithing conference...it's one of the biggest. It is held at the 4H fairgrounds every September. Look up SOFA, which stands for southern Ohio forge and anvil...I think. Most people I know call it quad state. It is by far the best place to buy blacksmithing tools that I have found. It's a yearly trip for me!
     
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    I'm going to have to time my trips back home a little better, next time. Only thing I ever paid attention to at the fairgrounds was the Miami County fair.
     
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    Funny you should mention SOFA (http://sofablacksmiths.org/). hehe I was there last night for class. In the middle of their Basic Blacksmithing course. So far am loving it and can't wait to get a new shed built this spring/summer to house a forge.

    So far, plenty of just learning the basics, duh. hehehe Have made our own poker and rakes for use in the coal forges, worked on making chain links and forge welding them, made a chisel and a couple of center punches last week, heat treated them last night. We're going to do some tongs eventually. Not sure what else.
     
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    There is NO historical reference for this. It is Hollywood howha. The mountain men did not have diningware, there are more accounts of them just eating the BOILED meat right off the ground then any otehre method of eating. Though I would prefer a fork striker to a knife striker. But I still like my striker to fit in a tin.
     
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    Well, we worked on tongs last week. Got the two halves hammered out and just need to punch a hole in the bosses and rivet them. I got to use the power hammer while shaping the handles. That was fun. As a former machinist, I'm used to work pieces being held firmly when worked so holding the work piece in a pair of tongs was interesting. Definitely a tool that would be a great time saver in the shop.

    Also heated an old lawnmower blade up so I could pound it flat. I'll do some work on that at some point on the grinder at home to make a few knives.
     
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    I think lots of things happened without historical reference but that doesn't mean they didn't happen. I do own a bunch of striker knives and would prefer them to a fork as don't need a fork in the woods or rather hardly use one. Spoons and sticks for me but no wrong answer on personal preference. Still it's the first I have heard of a fork striker. Speaking of Hollywood howha I can't see the actual firecraft working. I think he sprinkled a bit of black powder randomly over some grass and a few strikes later presto. No need for proper prep or anything....just presto..... I know grass won't catch a spark from F&S however clearly powder will hence flint lock. But there should at least be a small pile one would think not a random dusting. Don't know however the the lack of prep (if I remember it correct) would ensure failure after the initial ignition.

    Maybe I should try this. A sprinkling over grass with a carbon steel striker and local quartz. Haven't shot black powder in decades but do got one and some kit for it. Just not sure if I have any black powder left. Have smokeless but that's not the same.

    edit . If the sprinkle fails maybe a small pile next?
     
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    FYI: Lewis & Clark Packing List.
    https://www.monticello.org/site/jefferson/lewiss-packing-list

    Camp Equipage ( Not in listed order )

    6 Copper kettles (1 of 5 Gallons, 1 of 3, 2 of 2, & 2 of 1

    24 Iron Spoons

    24 Pint Tin Cups (without handles)

    30 Steels for striking or making fire

    100 Flints for do. do. do.


    Indian Presents

    100 Burning Glasses

    288 Steels for striking fire

    No mention of forks ?
    They must have used their knives to cut & poke at their food ...?
     
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    Very nice striker! I love the dual purpose of the fork. It kinda bugs me to carry a relatively heavy item which only has one purpose. Good job!
     
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    This is really nice!!! I just got into blacksmithing about a year ago. I'm going to give this project a try.
     

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