'The Fire Buddy' - Bow Drill Bearing Block /Thumb Loop Hand Drill/Traditional 'Flint & Steel' & Ferro Rod Striker (85-1420)
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The 'Fire Buddy' (85-1420) Designed by Mark Hordon - Shark Designs
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The 'Fire Buddy'
Designed by Mark Hordon
Made Exclusively for Shark Designs in the UK by DWB
Exclusive to Shark Designs/Beaverbushcraft
Measures: 70 mm x 30mm x 8mm
High Carbon Steel
Ideal for Pyromaniacs, Bushcrafters, Survivalists, Fire lighting Demonstrations
The 'Fire Buddy' has been designed by Mark Hordon and made for us exclusively by Dorset Woodland Blades. It has been designed to be used as a Bow Drill Bearing Block as a Traditional 'Flint & Steel' Fire Lighting tool and as a striker for modern Ferrocerium Fire Steel Rods. It also has been cleverly designed to be used with a Hand Fire Drill Set with Thumb Loops, which makes Hand Drill Fire Lighting a doddle.
The 'Fire Buddy' is made from 8mm thick metal and measures 70mm x 30mm and weighs in at 88 grams. The Fire Buddy's thickness has been carefully calculated to efficiently disperse heat when it is being used as a Bearing Block during friction fire lighting (i.e. The Bow Drill method of Fire Lighting), however, it is advised to lubricate the bearing with some oil, petroleum jelly, a green leaf or some grass etcetera, which will help to reduce any heat build-up that will inevitably occur when two surfaces are rapidly moved against each other.
The 'Fire Buddy's' two sides have been specifically designed with curved edges so that they can be used in Traditional 'Flint & Steel' fire lighting, and both ends have been ground to 90° right angles so that they can be used for striking Ferrocerium Rods (Please Note: Since the sharpened edges are 90° sharp they are not sharp enough to cut skin).
The holes has been drilled through each end of the 'Fire Buddy' so that a cord can be laced through them and then the ends tied with Thumb Loops, thus enabling the Fire Buddy to be used as a bearing block for use when making fire with a traditional Hand Drill Fire Set. This allows you to apply more downward pressure without having your hands slide down the drill shaft as you rotate it. A handy tip is to sharpening the tip of the Drill to about a 70° point, which will allow the bearing to remain in place whilst using the thumb loops and rotating the drill in the socket.
We had this Fire Buddy tested by the lovely Jason Sears at the Wilderness Gathering 2014 who gave it 10 out of 10.