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Rub Cloth

Discussion in 'Fire' started by DomC, May 18, 2017.

  1. DomC

    DomC Retired Old Scrub Stomper

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    This was supposedly used back in the flintlock rifle days. It was made by rubbing a moist piece of cotton cloth in some blackpowder and left to dry. Once dried, a f&s was used to ignite it to flame. It's just another method of using old technology in modern times but is it really necessary today? What are you thoughts?


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    That's pretty cool. I was really glad to see him move the powder container off the table before striking.
     
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    While I don't think it's necessary today, I still like to see folks remember and utilize old techniques.
    The flash/burn time was very fast.
    Thanks for sharing that @DomC , I have never saw that one.
     
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    It was an interesting video. My initial reaction is that it is a waste of powder when simply charring the cloth will make an effective ember. It may be useful in damp/wet conditions when a little more heat is needed to get materials started that are not perfectly dry.
     
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    Making char cloth without first needing a fire to do it seems like smart problem solving to me. Thanks for sharing!
     
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    Yes the initial ignition is very fast but the cloth continues to smoulder for a while...and I agree that it's unnecessary today.
    I like that thought...Thanx for sharing! :dblthumb:

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    Having to wait for the cloth to dry would mean it is something that needs to be prepared beforehand. I don't see it as an "on the spot" technique. Why not just skip the cloth and just use the powder as a firestarter? Also back in those days, cloth wasn't as used as much as gathered materials for char...especially on the frontier. It was not a cheap and common commodity like in later periods.

    I would have liked to have seen use of real black powder and flint & steel in that video.
     
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    The man whose name is sacrilege here has a video whereupon he uses black powder from his powderhorn to make rub cloth and uses f&s to ignite it...

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    It seems to waste an awful lot of powder. I'd be more inclined to carry char cloth and a little black powder in a tube if I needed a more forceful starter.

    I have however used cannon fuse for a firelighter that worked well.
     
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