What to handle my fire steel with?

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  1. Skeptiksks

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    I purchased a 1/2 x 6in fire steel, and now it is sitting here on my bench while I stare are it pondering what to use for the handle. I have plenty of copper pipe, but that doesn't add much in the way of contour or girth when it comes to being a handle. I also have a bunch of wood, but I use oak on everything and want something a bit different, I do have a bit of black walnut kicking around courtesy of @Red Yeti but I'm saving that for something special. Also I'm darn near out of antler after this round of Christmas presents and other projects.

    Anybody ever use something off the wall for their handles? Something unique perhaps? I can dig up most anything, I am just kinda stumped at the moment, mainly due to my own inhibitions, but some feed back and possible ideas would be great.

    Thanks in advance!
     
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    How about a big chunk of Fatwood.
     
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    I have a big chunk of fatwood, and I'm considering it. I'm looking for something a bit more unique, but still elegant. I'm thinkimg I need to find somewhere with a good selection of brass pipe fittings and go crazy, but at the same time I'm not sure.

    This will be riding on my junglas and the current setup is a tad handle heavy so I'm looking for it to act as a counter-weight when not in use to correct the angle of ride on the handle. So heavier is good.
     
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    I've never seen one glued into a rock with a hole in it. Just sayin'.
     
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    That's an idea I like. Time to do some research on that before I once again get in over my head!
     
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    I like the rock idea. .. not sure about drilling the hole though...
    Would a cement bit work? Probably get too hot and break.
     
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    Gummy Bears get my vote.

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    How about something mixed in with knife handle resin? (I don't know the proper term for it but I have seen where it is used as a filler material with burls, etc. Throw some copper shavings in there, or any other metal chips looks pretty interesting. (You could even use glitter :D )
     
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    Stacked leather handle!
    Steel striker, something in a drastic 'U' shape with light tension and lashing to hold it on.
    Traditional Puuko style handle and sheath so it looks like a mini knife.
    Glass 'nip' bottle, fill it with resin (dyed amber if its a whiskey :D) insert rod in the mouth of the bottle.
    Find a gnarled knotty branch and have a character handle.
    Resin soaked hemp twine, random colors interwoven and then sanded round like micarta and sealed.
    Simple weighted .45 brass casing.
    Wire wrap with brass craft wire braided and then set into a turk's head knot at the end.
    Stacked birch bark with a copper 'bolster' and butt cap.
    Copper tubing as a tinder safe, friction cap the end to store jute fiber.
    Carved wooden mjolnir, use something spalted or a really strange wood for accent.
    Bone. Turkey, deer, beaver, moose, whatever. Knuckle joint!
    Game bird skull, canted with the rod coming out of the mouth.
    One of those resin cast scorpions or tarantulas.
    Quail egg shell, filled/coated/fortified with resin.
    Melt down a bunch of those beer cans and water cast a funky handle.


    Sorry I couldn't think of anything.
     
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    I make most of mine out of cherry. I have one that I won in a GAW a few years back that's got a cool brass fitting.
     
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    The masonry bits would work on a nice stone if you had access to a hammer drill.

    Epoxy/sawdust fill it into the eye of a small hammer I know ball peen hammers get tiny. Maybe even re-forge it into a micro hawk or something.
     
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    They make very small carbide tipped core drill bits for tile (used when you need to install a plastic anchor). If you kept it cool using a squirt bottle of water you could probably use it to core a nice round hole in a rock.
    Just sayin..
     
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    I would handle it with another firesteel, I heard you like fire steels so I put a fire steel on your firesteel.
     
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    Man, I sure am glad you couldn't think of anything! I would have been swamped with ideas otherwise!

    I totally took a screenshot of this list though for future reference.

    That was also the first thing that came to mind. I'm loving the idea of stone, hadn't thought about that before and this could very well be the route I go provided I find a suitable stone. Thanks @TexasPrimitive for that one!
     
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    How about a bullet casing?
     
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    Short of a .50 BMG it suffers the same problem as copper pipe, not adding much more girth than the Ferro rod, which I'm looking for for comfort sake.
     
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    I know people who have drilled rocks for projects....get a good Bosch rotohammer bit, even without a hammetdrill it will drill nice. Like steel start with a small bit and work up in size to make it easy.
     
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    Got plenty of those at work. I also have access to a hammer drill and can find bits for it. Guess I know what I'm doing some day on lunch!
     
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    I'm a huge fan of antler or bone. I'm not sure how feasible it would be.. but something like a large bear tooth would be cool. I'm looking over at my bear skull right now and they have some pretty hefty front teeth.
     
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    Lunch time is good for projects I found a Sawzall blade that's going to be a knife today.
     
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    Now that would be awesome! I wish I had some of those kicking about. I think I would need a diamomd tipped bit for that as well.
     
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    Couldn’t you use a 3/4 to 1/2 reducer coupling to step up to the next size in copper pipe?
     
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    How about a big chunk of magnesium?
     
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    I'm going to tell my kids it was your idea when they're farm/safari animals go missing tonight, I would be terrified if I was you.
     
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    Ill keep the inflatable squeaky hammer next to the bed tonight just in case...
     
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    Two things popped in my head. Both unique, one is a little silly.
    -Ebony is really dense which would give you some heft/counterbalance. You can find a turning blank for around $10.
    -A badminton racket handle is quite ergonomic and I think the tubing for the shaft is 1/2". You could add weight inside if necessary.
     
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    take a look at some of the pen making sites, they got some nice lookin acrylics
     
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    I think my next ferro rod handle is going to be a Bic lighter.
    But stacked birch bark would look better.
     
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    There was a thread in this section a couple of weeks ago about wanting ideas for Moose dew claws, this sounds like one.
     
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    A couple of 6 inch rods I handled...

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    1/2” rod? Dang. That’s huge.

    Stick it in a deer bone
     
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    Don't know what's locally available. Around here id choose red cedar. Fire steel handles I imagine don't need to be super strong. It carves easily is very light. And catches a flame very well. Worst case you could sacrifice you handle for tinder.
     
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    Holy cow y'all, lots of awesome ideas here. I may be needing to buy more Ferro rods to try my favorites out.
     
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    How about a brass pipe reducer.
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    A chunk of fatwood, I saw a guy selling ferro rods with a fatwood handle at a knap-in a few months ago. As long as you have a knife you would have tinder and your ignition source in one place. Antler is my other choice.
     
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    I like that idea, then you could thread on a short threaded nipple section and a brass cap and have a little storage container for tinder attached... it would be weighty, but cool!
     
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    One of those would be perfect, especially with the tinder vault. On top of that. If I ever wear the rod out or break it I can just unscrew the old one and replace it.

    The weight should be pretty good for what I need anyway. It has to balance the angle of ride on my handle heavy junglas.

    I still want one with a stone handle though... Decisions, decisions.
     
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    how about a 250 volt 75 MFD capacitor
    you get a charge out of it
     
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    I had to look up what that looked like. I was thinking it was a smaller capacitor. The "charge" joke gave me a good chuckle though!
     
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    I use corks from wine bottles. They work very well and some pretty neat designs
     
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    handle it with a larger fire steel ....now thats different
     
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    Do they make bigger fire steels??? If they do then I want to do it just for the helluvit
     
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    Yup, 3/4" and 1" diameter are on amazon, I have seen a 1" in person and it is ridiculously huge.
     
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    How about something you don't see others do? A polished piece of stone.
     
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    I handled one with the tube from an old maglite minimag. It will hold a little bit of tinder and a few fishhooks.

    [​IMG]
     
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    Did you handle that Puukko too?
     
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    Yes. Marttiini M571 blade, Reindeer antler and Masur Birch.
     
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    Nice! I like it!
     
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