Making a Firesteel

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  1. jordanzwon1

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    So I would like to buy some Fero Blanks and start putting some handles on them.

    I have a ton of knives that came with sheaths with Firesteel loops, but no Firesteels to put in them. This seems like it would be a good place to start getting crafty.

    Anyone have any best practices for putting a handle on a rod? Or maybe an online resource?
     
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    I made some. Drill the handle to match the ferro rod. I used some epoxy. Came out really nice. Easy to make...
     
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    That's about it, Drill a hole in the handle material, glue in the rod. If you want to make the handle cylindrical, you can chuck the rod in a drill and spin it while you sand it or however you want. Just be careful and don't hurt yourself. sand paper can get wrapped up in spinning things pretty easily.
     
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    Good call!
     
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    You can experiment with the angle of the hole, and the shape of the handle, but the process is as simple as has been described in this thread.
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    63349AD9-E9E0-44D0-839A-A35CAD13F2A8.jpeg Drill a hole, glue in rod, embellish how ever you want. 63349AD9-E9E0-44D0-839A-A35CAD13F2A8.jpeg 6C8C4EF1-8A7C-4DC1-8CC0-1225EB668690.jpeg
     
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    I attach para cord with glue and small cord wrap and then use heat shrink tubing to finish. No need to drill holes and it has a smaller profile on the sheath.

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    I’d say the hardest part is getting a straight hole so that your work is lined up in the end. If you can master that then you can get the rest done easily.
     
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    I ordered rod blanks through Amazon. I have the actual seller's card at home- will check and report back.
     
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    @andy.t @ 5col survival offers a nice product (my favorite) if you're looking for blanks.
     
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    Thanks, @beacon!

    I have thoughts on the handle. Starting with a 4 in. blank, I would add a paracord loop big enough to fit around my wrist (at least), and I would tape it in place with multiple wraps of 100mph tape. That gives me a supply of tape, a supply of cordage, and a lanyard. Plus, proper mil-spec 100mph tape leaves little to no tape residue on the ferro rod blank itself.
     
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    Yeah- I didn't even know about them when I ordered the last batch of blank rods this past spring. I'm sure the ones I have are the soft Chinese variety. They spark fine, but do get flat spots fairly quick- so I'm thinking the life on these rods is going to be "relatively short" compared to a hard rod. Still not sure I can wear one out.
     
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    As a followup to my previous post, I just slapped one of these together. This is approx 1 in. x 36 in. of 100mph tape, and about 1.5 ft. of 750 paracord, plus my trusty Auermetall blank that I keep around the shop for "testing and evaluation," which basically means I set things on fire for business purposes. The 750 cord has 11 load-bearing core strands, plus the outer sheath, so you can boost your available cordage by taking it apart if needed.

    I'm trying to get in the habit of folding the corner on my tape rolls so that it's easier to get the tape started next time I need it.

    There are a lot of beautiful ferro rod handles on BCUSA (check out the ones @Leif makes with the quick disconnect, for instance). Compared with the functional pieces of art in this thread and on BCUSA, mine is not very appealing. But it packs in some extra utility, so it's got that going for it, which is nice.

    @dial1911 -- we think this rod has more than 200 strikes on it right now. It hasn't deformed at all; so far it's just scuff-marks on the surface.
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    Yeah.... I'll take a picture of mine tonight. Fewer than 200 strikes if I were to guess and has a nice big flat spot.
     
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    Well, not as flat as I thought. I did have trouble getting the phone camera to focus on the end of the rod.

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    Given how many fire rod handle fail to stay with the rod, I think it's a good idea to find a way to pin it in addition the epoxy if you really want a fancy handle.

    The handles on mine are made of only finest Gorilla Tape available!
     
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    This is my take on it
     
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    Try antler.They're easy to drill out and make a nice looking handle.
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