Re: flint & steel fires
Drew Hagemann (hagemann@VISI.NET)
Sat, 15 Aug 1998 21:29:11 -0400
Bob and Rusty Taylor wrote:
> would appreciate recommendations any of you have for flint &
> steel/magnesium? fire starters.
> Bob Taylor
If you wish to instruct your Scouts in the use of "real" flint and steel
strikers, I recommend that you by a couple of kits from JAMES TOWNSEND &
SONS. They sell a basic flint & steel kit for $6.50. I've used their
steel striker and it really works. (BTW I'm a journeyman blacksmith,
trained by Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, with 25 years of
experience at the anvil making reproductions of 18th-century English
iron items, and their striker is an authentic reproduction of an 18th
century striker.) No, I don't work for James Townsend nor do I have any
financial interest in this company. I just like their stuff, and their
prices are most reasonable. Their on-line catalog can be reached at:
When you use flint and steel, make char cloth and use it to catch your
spark. Char cloth is made by scorching 100% cotton fabric to the
near-carbon state. The more charred it is, the better it ignites.
Store it in a tinder box of some sort. A pill bottle works well.
If you wish to use a more modern spark-thrower, buy the Magnum Strike
Force (r) fire starter. The Cabela's catalog has one for about $20.
They really throw a shower of sparks and the excellent fire starter
material they provide stores in the rugged plastic handle.
I teach Wilderness Survival Merit Badge and use the magnesium starter
and the flint and steel, along with the battery and steel wool method.
One of my Scouts introduced me to the Strike Force and I'm so impressed
that I've asked for one for Christmas.
Andrew Hagemann, Eagle '69 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
SA, New Scout Patrol, Troop 6
Colonial Virginia Council, Newport News, VA
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