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Flint and steel practice

Discussion in 'Firecraft' started by Riven, Aug 2, 2019.

  1. Netmonkey

    Netmonkey Full Member

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    Looks great, I’m hoping to try this later this year. I have a trip to east coast of UK so will pick up lots of flint whilst there :)
    Kev
     
  2. John Fenna

    John Fenna Lifetime Member & Maker

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    At present I am teaching multiple people of all ages nearly every day - at Castell Henlys and at Top of the Woods campsite - and have only had a few that needed me to "guide their hands" (ie hold their hands and do the strikes for them) mainly young children with poor manual dexterity.
    Having said that, this summer I have had 3 five-year-olds succeed without help.
    All used the charcloth on top of the flint method, though I also demonstrate the "down strike" method. I even reverse grip and down strike to shower my arm with sparks to show they do not hurt!
    I do not get paid at Castell Henlys but get through masses of flint and char cloth, not to mention hay for tinder bundles!
    The look on folks faces when they make fire is worth it!
     
  3. Netmonkey

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    I wasn’t sure if I should start with char cloth or tinder from horse hoof fungus assuming I can find some near me :) . Looks like I might be better starting with char cloth 1st
     
  4. Wayland

    Wayland Hárbarðr

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    Char cloth is easiest to source and make.

    It's also more reliable, especially if it's made from pure linen which reaches a higher heat to ignite the secondary tinder / kindling with.

    Having said that it is good to try it with amadou or King Alfred's cakes as well.
     
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    Found this on YouTube. I like that as he's using horse hoof fungus straight from the tree. I think it's worth a look
     
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    Wayland Hárbarðr

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    Interesting, I've never tried it with fungal saw dust.

    Worth knowing about.
     
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    Anything to get a fire from flint and steel. Next thing I'm considering is selling my soul to whoever
    Just finding time to go for a bit more flint as my pieces are too small now
     
  8. John Fenna

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    I have used a mix of Chagga dust and charcoal dust ... not as good as charcloth....
     

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