Re: Flint and Steel
Michael C. Horowitz (mhorowit@CAP.GWU.EDU)
Sat, 2 Apr 1994 17:28:05 EST
Pete - Thanks for the idea. No, the high carbon steel found in the
BSA flint and steel kit is not naturally occurring. However, files,
from your local metalworker is free and contains the proper amount
of carbon. Also, and what I use, is my Scout knife (old style), which
has the carbon content. New pocket knives do not seem to have the
carbon. Yes, it bangs up the knife, so I use it sparingly.
Sources of flint. First a word from your sponsor - the local Scout
Service Center (or catalog) has a generous chunk(s) of flint. Also,
many years ago, I bought a bunch of bulk flint from them (I think):
HOWEVER (commercial off)>>>>>>>> go to your local stream bed, pick up
any rock with a slight opaqueness to it, and give it a whack with
your steel. Almost every rock in our local stream will produce a spark
which can be used.
Oops, para above should have read "Scout Service CEnter has flint
and steel kits which have several generous chunks of flint "
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City