Traditional Hand Made 17th-18th Century Straight Tang Fire Steel by Andrew Kirkham (85-1005)
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Beautifully Styled Traditional Straight Tang Fire Steel
Circa 17th - 18th Century English
Great for Traditional ‘Flint & Steel’ Fire Lighting
Hand Made by Andrew Kirkham
Beautifully Hand Forged in the UK
Easy to hold and use
High spark yielding
A 2,000 year old fire making technology
Measures Approx: 90mm x 45 mm x 3mm
Ideal for Bushcraft Enthusiast, Survivalists, Re-enactors,
And Budding Pioneers
This beautifully elegant styled Stuart or Georgian ‘U’ style Fire Steel was popular during the 17th to 18th Century and many that have been found are made from old Files. Recycling steel in this way could dramatically reduced the cost of making them since high quality steel was still, at the time, relatively hard to manufacture. The simple ‘U’ design was most probably used because it is one of fastest and simplest ways to turn spent Files into useful and resalable goods. This being done by simply drawing out the end of broken File into a long narrowing tang, curling the very end to form a small circle and then bending the tang over to form a ‘U’ shape.
These extremely well made Fire Steels were made for us by the much-valued blacksmith Andrew Kirkham who specialises in historical replicas.
PLEASE NOTE: The Fire Steel dimensions will vary slightly as they are all made by hand so the sizes are approx. No other items seen in the photos are included in this listing.
Tinder Pouch Starter Kit (Optional Extra)
Why not add to your traditional styled Fire Steel with one of our Tinder Pouch Starter Kits that contains everything that you would need to start creating fires the way our ancestors did for over 2,000 years? This simple Tinder Pouch Starter Kit contains everything that you would require to turn your Fire Steel into a Traditional Tinder Pouch.
Beaver Bushcraft Natural Cotton Drawstring Pouch
Natural Norfolk Flints
Natural Amadou Tinder
100% Cotton Char Cloth
Jute Tinder Rope
How to look after and use your Traditional Fire Steel Instructions sheet