Hand Forged 17th Century Austrian Design - Special Edition
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Beautifully Hand Forged
Styled Traditional Fire Steel
Based on a 17th Century Austrian Design
Great for Traditional ‘Flint & Steel’ Fire Lighting
Andrew Kirkham Forged in the UK
Easy to hold and use
High spark yielding
A 2,000 year old fire making technology
Measures Approx: 85mm x 35mm x 4.5mm
Ideal for Bushcraft Enthusiast, Survivalists, Re-enactors,
And Budding Pioneers
Special Edition Piece
This beautifully hand forged 17th Centuary Austrian Fire Steel replica has been made by the much esteemed Black Smith, Andrew Kirkham. The handle is twisted and curled backwards creating a beautiful and unusual design and the two notches were apparently used for straightening tools such as a Scythe. To us it’s much too beautiful to be used on a Scythe.
Going back many, many centuries, lots of Fire Steels were 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’ or some people like to call them 'R' shape. It deends which way you like to hold them. We personally like to hold it as a 'U' shaped one. Over time the designs became more and more elaborate and ornate.
These extremely well made Fire Steels were made for us by the much-valued blacksmith Andrew Kirkham who specialises in historical replicas. No other items 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
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Ideal for Beginners to Experts.
This style of Fire Steel is ideally suited for the complete Beginners to the Expert Traditional Flint & Steel Fire Lighting Master, and anyone in between who wants a Fire Steel that is exceptionally easy to use and that produces a very high yield of sparks with absolutely no effort.
This style of Fire Steel is ideally suited for instructors to use when teaching children Traditional 'Flint& Steel' Fire Lighting, or anyone who wants a more challenging spark based fire lighting methodology other than using a Ferrocerium Rod Striker. The balance, weight and shape of this style of Fire Steel make it an absolute doddle to use, giving off a high yield of sparks with no experience required. An exceptional Fire Steel at any level of experience. Experienced users should get sparks on each and every strike.