Just looked at fresnel lenses for sale, they are a whole lot cheaper than I thought. Will definitely add it to the kit, thanks. I keep the magnifying glass in my FAK but it's only good for use in the middle of the day in a WA summer. Would actually like to get a steel to try with some Kalbarri chert I have.Very well thought out. Have you considered a magnifying glass or fresnel card lens?
Thanks Wave Man, think I'll buy it.as far as steels go, this is probably the cheapest quality Aussie production steel striker available I can find at the moment
I have one and they throw good sparks. If you don't want to buy one and have an old file (it has to be a high carbon file, so usually the older the file the better) just put it in a vice and carefully snap it off and there you have it, a nice little striker.
thanks waveman, got the steel and works like a charm. Couldn't get a spark with some Kalbarri chert but the quartz was a success (pic).those are great "C" type strikers, well the one I bought was. Files are great if you can fine ones you aren't attached to.
Markets are a good source of files, often you can find old files for like $2 there, just take a piece of flint to verify that they will throw sparks, just ask the vendor if you can strike it.