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  1. It makes a change…

    mark 2016 JanIts very rare Mark & I get a chance to work on something together. I wanted a new mobile phone cases to go with my new Belt that Mark had made me for Christmas. So in-between orders and with out arguing, we managed to get one made  between us. I don't normally do the hand stitching but this time I did. Mark had to do the dying though as he made the Belt previously and knew what dyes he used. And all because the lady wanted a mobile phone case to match her new Belt lol....

     

     

    Today we have the lovely Ross with us learning a bit of leather work. Mark recently had day at Ross's (Kaos Blacksmiths) learning a bit about forging. Well it's our turn to repay the favour and have Ross with us…be most interesting to see what he makesross in the workshop.

    Fire-Brass Hudson bay With Tinder For Limited Edition 1 Nov 2015Frustrating at the moment as all our Hudson Bay tinderboxes have completely sold out…We ordered more in for the Christmas period and it still wasn't enough. More are on the way and we have a few limited editions coming out soon too…just in time for Valentines day ;)

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    One of the most commons things we get asked about is how to hold a Fire Steel.

    Action-how to hold a fire steel 1There are loads of footage on 'You tube' and we ourselves have some tutorial videos on how to use a Traditional Fire Steel. Some Fire Steels are easier to use then others and we always say choose a Fire Steel that feels good in your hand. I like a larger Italian  'C' shaped Fire Steel, whereas Mark likes the smaller Viking shaped ones, Jack prefers an Oval…its all down to what shape appeals to you and what feels right.

    Action-how to hold a fire steel 2Then after that its all in the technique. If your Fire Steel doesn't work it might be the angle of the flint or how you hold the Fire Steel. The sharper the edge and the darker the flint the better! If you don't get enough sparks, try adjusting the angle of the Flint. Word of warning though….flint blunts easily and it’s the flint that wears out not the Fire Steel…also watch out for fine flying flint shards if the edge of your flint is too thin!!!

    action-holding a fire steel 9 'Rule of thumb'…we always place our tinder on the flat size of the Flint (a millimetre or so away from the edge)….we trap the Tinder (Char cloth or Amadou) with our thumbs and we will aim our strike at the point where our thumb has lined the Tinder up on our Flint piece….this makes it easier for the Tinder to catch a spark from the strike.

    Action-how to hold a fire steel 8Another question we get asked a lot is how long do Fire Steels last….for as long as you look after them! Never drop your Fire Steel! They are made from High Carbon Steel and hardened, this process makes them a little bit brittle, if they were not made this way they won't produce a spark. They can rust if left out or not used, it’s the nature of High Carbon Steel however if used regularly the natural oils in your hands should keep the Fire Steel free from rust. If it does start to rust, we recommend just a little bit of Vaseline rubbed in and then wiped off.

    Happy striking……