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Hold the striker loosely, and strike it against the rock
I'm reading this page while learning the old art of flint and steel firelighting. Is this correct or should it have read "hold the striker tightly"?
Just a question...
Swat253 02:39, 12 December 2006 (UTC)
The article says that flint is not necessary (which is true), and then mentions "petrified wood" as an alternative.
Silicate petrified wood *IS* flint.
A reasonably intelligent fifth grader knows this stuff.
March 18, 2012: Note: the external link: http://bushcraft.se/film/index.html.en does not work or is not related to the subject. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Tsadowski (talk • contribs) 16:19, 19 March 2012 (UTC)
Photos of firesteels?
The ancient P and D shaped firesteels in the photos? Why those similar shapes, and how do they function? Seemingly they are not mere iron powder or scraping sources (as implied).
--22.214.171.124 (talk) 22:28, 5 June 2012 (UTC)Doug Bashford
Unorganized, confusing , needs rewrite.
The opening sentence reads: "A fire striker is a piece of high-carbon steel used for striking a spark, usually kept in a tinderbox together with flint and tinder."
But the remainder of the article then walks willy nilly and unannounced between the "piece of high-carbon steel," and the flint (usually modern ferrocerium,) as the main topic. In fact the thrust seems to be on the ferrorod, not the striker, (which suggests needing a new topic heading).
All modern flint lighters use ferrorod, that's what "flint" means today in this context. I'm not even sure the as-defined term "fire striker" is in common usage. Typically that means the combo flint (ferro rod) and steel, or just the ferrorod, with the high-carbon steel striker (scraper) implied. Googling "fire striker" quickly confirms this, in fact googgle converts most hits to ferrorod "fire starters"...except for two makers using it as a brand name.
Note that the "high-carbon steel" has swapped functions, ——depending on whether it's used with hard old mineral flint, or with our modern high-performance soft-ferrorod systems. With mineral flint, steel is the burning fuel, —with ferrorod, it's just the striker/scraper.
- Agree with most of what you say. The page should probably be titled "firesteel" with "fire striker" redirected to it.
- However, I think the article should focus on the historic use of the term (in the context of "flint and steel") and simply note that in modern usage "firesteel" is sometimes used to refer to ferrocessium rods and the like, with a hyperlink to the appropriate page. As you indirectly acknowledge the modern ferro rod is functionally similar to but technologically dissimilar from traditional firesteel. Lexington50 (talk) 02:59, 9 June 2012 (UTC)
To create confusion
I submit that the title of this article be changed to "Percussion firemaking" because the firesteel or firestriker is incidental to the technique (which can actually be used with iron pyrite as well).
Then we can set up sections for both archaic flint-and-steel and ferrocerium firemaking.
I made a category for Percussion Firemaking, since this and other categories were classed under Friction Firemaking.