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Flint and steel + take down bow saw - £50 budget

Discussion in 'Kit Chatter' started by Samon, Dec 1, 2019.

  1. Samon

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

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    Yo, I have a £50 budget and I'd like to find a nice wooden take down bowsaw and a traditional flint and steel fire lighting starter kit for Xmas. I've only ever had the solid bow saws which are a pita to lug around and I've never used a flint n steel before so don't know what to go for.

    So far Ive searched a handful of relevant websites that sell that sort of stuff and tried eBay but I've not found anything special. Any help would be good.

    Cheers
     
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    There is a blacksmith called Dave Barnes at Murton Park nr. York that makes excellent traditional fire steels. Among the best I've used.

    Last time I saw him selling them I think there were around a tenner but that was a while back.
     
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    I think for the budget you are best off making your own saw, £5-8 or so will be the blade on it's own; I make take down framesaws as and they are 4 times or more than your budget!. The flint and steel can be got from lots of people, or just break a file and use that ;)
     
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    Samon Bushcrafter (boy, I've got a lot to say!)

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    Thanks guys. The wooden bowsaw I did find is similar to the one linked and it doesn't look like blades can be replaced. Not without modifying the saw which I don't mind doing but would rather make one if I have to get the tools out.

    And I'll check out Beaver bushcraft, their stuff looks good.
     
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    For the saw, they are easy to make, loads of how to videos on youtube, have fun. I believe that a good greenwood blade is a Bahco 23 from axminster tools, £10 ish
    https://www.axminster.co.uk/
     
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    Try this video, you dont need to curve is just use straight wood



     
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    With your hand skills samon just make a bow saw as suggested.
    Flint and steel, again it's nothing special spend your fiddy on something you can't make
    I think the gift it on thread stalled with a fire making kit on offer iirc
     
  11. Samon

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

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    I think I might have to make one, it's annoying though as it was going to be a gift to me from my wife. Something I didn't have but thought I could use. Good shout on the gift it on thread, I forgot about that!
     
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    Yeah making your own Christmas present is a bit sad eh lol
    Could always get yourself a silky zubat for 50 quid or an almost as good samurai for half that
     

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