the curly R striker beat me

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Well my recently bought curly "R" type striker beat me, try as I might I couldn't get it to throw decent sparks and produce an ember on char cloth.

Been banging away for three days almost constantly and blunted 4 pieces of flint in the process (which is costing me a fortune alone) with no success. So it beat me. Wrote a Email to the vendor (Beaver bushcraft) with my tale of woe and they are refunding me, but I have to send the striker back to them. That's OK I suppose, they will give it a wet and dry sandpaper spruce up and resell it I reckon. Still, it cost me $30 to return it as well.

They did say if I decide to buy another striker off them they will throw in some tinder (probably some amadou and char cloth) and a piece of flint as compensation for the drama for the striker not working properly. They have a good reputation so I am sure that it was just a fluke, and it it did produce some sparks, just not many.

I'll make a decision when the refund comes through, though looking through their list of strikers I do like the look of this one, and they do say it is one of the easiest strikers to use in their line up

https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Traditional-Old-Nordic-Design-Flint-Steel-Striker-Bushcraft-Fire-Lighting-LARP/223328048672?hash=item33ff639620:g:2DwAAOSwjXNbH9Fu&frcectupt=true
 

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The "C" type strikers from vicreroybooks have always served me best, and I always default back to it, as it always sparks exceptionally well, and I always get an ember from them.

I did end up just saying bugger it and getting a Nordic striker from Beverbushcraft, they are a reputable seller and I want to give them a chance to redeem themselves. I honestly think this was an anomaly.
 

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I can recommend https://www.flint-and-steel.com/
I bought from them and have been very pleased.
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You could always make a steel ?
I've used a file - which worked well.
https://photos.google.com/photo/AF1QipMElFlwJrLwFpbPt5F7-7wEiuvXhoeIYn99aOhJ
Until, I decided to forge it into a nice, traditional shape, and I haven't been able to re-harden it properly ! Doh !
https://photos.google.com/photo/AF1QipMElFlwJrLwFpbPt5F7-7wEiuvXhoeIYn99aOhJ
But my original steel is still going strong and throws quite a nice spark.
26951 20200210_200228.jpg

Its a section of hacksaw blade hot-glued into a piece of pine.
- I snapped an old hacksaw blade to length, and rounded the corners
- I cut a channel in a scrap of pine
- hot-glued the blade in place.

Simple, but it works !
This is also conducive to holding with thumb and fore-fingers and flicking with your wrist, which works best for me.

PS - You can usually re-sharpen the flint too, if you haven't already done that.
The piece in your photo looks large enough it could fairly easily be touched up (I guess the pic is pre-use, but there looks to be enough material).

Knapping is a great primitive skill to develop, you "need" to be able to re-touch your flint if you're looking for a sustainable tool
 

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I have organised for a mate with a forge to make me a few strikers which will save me some money, but I have already gone down the rabbit hole a fair bit. Still I have stopped now and the rush has worn off thankfully.

Knapping is definitely something I have to look into, I have a heap of dead flint now and have to redo the edges on them.
 
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