Swedish FireSteel by Light My Fire; Army Model; While certainly not traditional, the modern fire stick is eminently practical. The Army model has a rod about 3/8" in diameter and 2 1/2" long. It comes packed on a lanyard with a striker. The assembly weights a bit over 1 1/2 ounces. Some folks prefer to keep a square corner in the back of their knife blade to serve as the scraper. It is said to last for about 12,000 uses. . Made in Sweden, $16.
Swedish FireSteel by Light My Fire; Army Model with Whistle is suppled with striker that has a comfortable plastic handle incorperating a whistle. The assembly weights about 1 3/4 ounces. It is said to last for about 12,000 uses. Made in Sweden, $17.
Swedish FireSteel by Light My Fire; Scout Model; The Scout Model is a bit lighter to carry, and has a red handle to help prevent loss. They are about 3" over all and come on a cord with a striking steel. The assembly weighs a bit over one ounce. The exposed rod is about 1/4" in diameter and 1 3/4" long. It is said to last for about 3000 uses. . Made in Sweden, $12.
Swedish FireSteel by Light My Fire; Scout Model with Whistle; Again, this is the Scout model supplied with a whistle in the striker. $13.
Swedish FireSteel by Light My Fire Mini Model; for those truely concerned with weight and bulk the Mini weighs about a half ounce, complete with lanyard and striker. With the handle it's just under 3" long. It's rated at 1,500 uses. Supplied with an easy to find orange handle, the price is only $8.
The Morakniv Firesteel is also available, packed with a comfortable plastic handled scraper. The rod is 5/16" in diameter and 2 1/2" long. It weighs only 1 1/2 ounces. $16.
Doan's magnesium fire starter has been an American woodcraft staple for decades. It combines a magnesium block with the usual fire stick. Shavings from the magnesium block provide a fiercely hot burning tinder for starting a fire under difficult conditions. The block is 3" long and weighs about 1 1/2 ounces. No striking tool is provided. In a pinch you could use the edge of your knife, but this is very bad for a fine edge. The back of the blade will work if it has a fairly square corner. You can also use a sharp rock, or attach a short piece of hacksaw blade to the chain. Made in the USA. $9
Tinder-on-a-Rope from Light My Fire; is a natural way to start a fire in almost any weather. It's made from fatwood, so there are no chemicals or toxic fumes. It's high in resin content, so it doesn't absorb water, and works well in wet conditions. Powder shaved from the stick will catch a spark from a Light My Fire rod easily. In wet conditions you can add a few slivers of the wood to really get your fire going. The flame from the resin burns hotter than paper or parafin. The block is about 6" long, and weighs about 1 3/4 ounces. $4.00
Traditional strike-a-lights, or strikers, operate on a different prinicple than modern fire steels. Here a piece of flint or similar sharp rock is used to scrap off pieces of the steel. The spark comes from the steel, not the flint. Sparks are less numerous, and less hot, than with a modern fire steel, but are just enough with good tinder.
My strikers are made from very high carbon tool steel, and throw a good hot spark. This makes it quite easy to strike fire with flint and steel.
For a variety of reasons I won't bore you with, I don't have any of my own strikers on hand. I'm hoping to get back to the forge as time permits, and have a number of items on back order.
#R1; My stock firestriker is the asymmetrical "rattail" style with a curl. I make the same style in
sizes from 1 1/2" to 3" overall at the same price. Smaller ones are easier to carry and fit into
a tinderbox. The larger ones are easier to use, especially if you're not familiar with the process.
A striker 2 to 2 1/2" seems to be about right for most people. Let me know what size you prefer.
$12 Out of stock
#R5; The rattail was common in the American colonies, and goes back much further. These are nicely forged by Al Schroll, and are about 3" long.
$12. Out of Stock
#Jensen-1; The "C" shape striker was also widely used. These are forged by Ken Jensen. They vary quite a bit, and range from about 3" to about 4". If you let me know your preference I'll try to send the right size. Supplied with a piece of American chert in the shape of a musket flint, $12
Blanket Pin Striker
#Jensen-2; I haven't seen any original period strikers in this form, but it's a very clever idea. These are also forged by Ken Jensen, and combine the functions of a striker, blanket pin and awl. When Winter trekking I would sometimes fold my blanket diagonally, and fasten it at the throat as a coat. This would have been ideal for the purpose. Supplied with a piece of American chert in the shape of a musket flint, $29
The Medieval style knife and fork are hand forged in Pakistan, where skilled
labor is cheap. The knife is very similar to one I used to make when I had time to
get to the forge. It has a blade a bit over 5", and is just over 10" overall.
The fork is just over 9" long, and has the early straight tines. Again, they are hand
forged, and vary somewhat.
Medieval Knife, $12
Medieval Fork, $12
Set, one of each, $22
Medieval style shears; shears seem to have been more common than sissors in the medieval period. These are hand forged, and work quite well. They are about 5 1/4" in length, but may vary somewhat. $12
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