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    Brilliant video Ash, wish id seen this when i got my first flint and steel

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    Thanks for the video, very clear and concise.
    Will have to make one of those steels, was it from an old file?

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    Excellent video Ash! I'll have to share that with my re-enacting friends.

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    Very easy to make fire from this method, it was the first way I learned to make fire, when you get the fire going it's satisfying.

    Yet another brilliant tutorial!

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    I am in Norway. No flint in the entire country. It does not exist here as a natural resource at all. Any alternative types of stone that can be used?

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    Quote Originally Posted by FishyFolk View Post
    I am in Norway. No flint in the entire country. It does not exist here as a natural resource at all. Any alternative types of stone that can be used?
    Hi and welcome to Natural Bushcraft.
    I've seen a steel used on quartz, I'm hoping to aquire a steel in the next month or so and where I live quartz is very common.

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    Thanks for the welcome :-)

    Quartz, just looked it up on an online geological map, and there is a source of that in my neighbourhood. Only problem is that we are still covered in half a meter of snow, so I'll have to wait for that to melt, as i don't fancy digging randiomly trough the snow for a piece of rock!

    Anyway, I picked up a steel on a whim at a souvenir shop a few years ago. It was made in the traditional way by a black smith, and I remeber it was quite pricey, so it's probably the real deal :-)
    Anyway it's been sitting on a shelf ever since, as we have no flint here. But I'll keep my eyes out for some flint next time I go to that area of the woods around here :-)

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    The snow has melted in my driveway, so I wen't out and had a look, and did indeed fine some bits of quartz and was able to make some nice sparks with my striker. But I am out of tinder so I did not try to make a fire, but that will be next :-)
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    I liked the way you collected resin ash great idea.

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