From the Iron Age onwards, the use of flint and steel was one of the most common
methods of fire lighting along with the Fire piston, prior to the invention of
the friction match. Traditionally a flint and steel were used; however, the
flint was not the most important part. Any hard, non-porous rock that has a
sharp edge, or even some petrified woods can be used to create sparks. The spark
comes from quickly shaving small pieces of steel off the hardened steel striker;
the finely divided metals ignite immediately in air, with the steel curls
burning an intense yellow-white heat. Char cloth is usually used as an
intermediate step between the striking and the tinder, in order to more easily
catch a spark. After the ember is created in the char cloth, it is then
usually placed inside a ball of fine, fluffy tinder and blown on which
after a few strong blows should develop flames.
Deluxe 'Strike -A- Lite' primitive fire making kit includes
everything to make fire using the flint and steel method, plus some extras.
Deluxe kit features a large 'curly' steel striker, multiple flint/chert rocks,
char cloth, solar glass, kindling, and complete instructions. Kit contents come
sealed in a medium tin, which also doubles as the perfect container to make
your own charcloth.
Half dollar and larger sized pieces of high grade
stone material that will throw sparks with fire striker steel. Graded
specifically for striker material in primitive flint and steel
kits. Sizes, shapes, and stone types will vary. One pound lot of stone.