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Firesteel handles

Discussion in 'DIY and Traditional crafts' started by stuart f, Jan 16, 2007.

  1. stuart f

    stuart f Native

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    Hi, i thought i would share a few photos of a couple of firesteel handles that i made recently. I just used some odd bits of pine that were lying around the shed to make them. Anyway here we go.
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    Thanks for looking.
     
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  2. scanker

    scanker Bushcrafter (boy, I've got a lot to say!)

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    Very nice, I particularly like the owl.
     
  3. Marts

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    Very nice Stuart. The owl is beautiful. What sort of knife did you use?

    I don't think we'll be having a firesteel re-match :eek:
     
  4. John Fenna

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    Wow!
    Talk about "pimp my firesteel"!
    Supurb work - I would be scared to use them!
    John
     
  5. loz.

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    Very Nice !!
     
  6. woodwalker

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    I really like them :)

    What have you done the eyes with?

    woodwalker
     
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    there excllent well done
     
  8. Pipistrelle

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    Very hot! I got fed up :banghead: with dropping my steels and breaking them so made a firesteel holder and handle but nothing as beautiful as yours. wow, be proud! :D
     
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    Stuart,

    BB (My GF) has never liked firesteels. She now wants "owly". I can't carve except with an axe....It may ahve to be lifesize!

    Lovely work - you have rep

    Red
     
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    Excellent stuff .
    How did you remove the original handle and fix the new one on ?
    Cheers
    Pumbaa
     
  11. fred gordon

    fred gordon Bushcrafter (boy, I've got a lot to say!)

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    Don't you just hate talented people! :lmao: I put a piece of red deer antler on to a firesteel at the weekend and thought i was doing well. Then you go and show us this superb work. Envy is a sin, but they do look good. :)
     
  12. stuart f

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    Thanks all for your kind comments.

    Marts, i,m affraid to my shame that i did'nt use a knife, but cheated and used a dremmel type tool to make them. I am my own worst enemy as i start with good intentions by saying that i'm going to take my time and carve such things with a knife, then lovingly sand it by hand but i get into the shed and its b****r it wheres the dremmel,to impatient and wanting to get to the see the end product ASAP :eek: .Terrible i know!!!

    Woodwalker, the eyes are quite simple,they are just beeswax mixed 50/50 with charcoal. I made eye sockets then warmed the wax up to make it pliable and pushed it into the sockets,next wipe off the excess and your left with nice round eyes.

    Pumbaa, i don't buy firesteels with the plastic handles on as you can buy them without,check here http://outdoorcode.co.uk/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=60&products_id=45. I don't have anything to do will the seller blah blah.
     
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    Wow! Great work, absolutley love that Owl :You_Rock_
     
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    "They had no way of judging a man, except as how he handled an axe" ;)
     
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    Did you just drill a hole in the wood and then glue the firesteel on with something like Araldite?
     
  16. stuart f

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    Hi Zammo, in a word, Yes!
     
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    Just made my first firesteel handle and had a bit of trouble getting the hole straight. The first couple of attempts I drilled the hole but when I placed the firesteel in it was at a slight angle. Is there any way to insure you get a straight hole?
     

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