Emberlit Strike-A-Light, Traditional Flint and Steel
From the Iron Age to the invention of the sissy friction match, flint and steel is how fire was made. The Romans enjoyed evening gladiatorial battles to the angry light of bonfires spat forth by flint and steel. For a Viking nothing was more relaxing after a long day of pillaging than a drunken evening of bare knuckles boxing and boastful stories of conquest around a burning thatched roof cottage set aflame with Flint and Steel. The Pioneer powered through their trek west pulling hand carts across frozen plains and over jagged mountains all the while beset by swarms of locusts the size of lobsters with a smile on their face. Why? Because they where fueled by whole Bison, spit roasted over fires they started with flint and steel.
The Emberlit Strike-A-Light is a new take on an old idea. While our forebears made do with plain bits of steel these custom strikers are designed to be worn as pendants, zipper pulls, or other decorations, and sized to be conveniently stashed in a kit or fit in an altoids tin. Each design has been carefully chosen to be functional as well as visually unique. Emberlit strikers are made from superb high carbon steel professionally heat treated to the optimal hardness for throwing showers of hot sparks. Get a custom Emberlit flint striker so you can light fires with style and without shame. Save those matches for freshening the bathroom.
HOW IT WORKS
Rust is just a slow form of burning. That's why carbon steel is used for our strikers. Stainless steel doesn't rust so it won't burn. If oxygen could penetrate deep into our strikers all at once instead of only interacting with the surface they would burst into flame. Traditional flint and steel works by shaving tiny slivers of metal from the steel striker which readily oxidize and ignite due to their high surface area compared to volume, the energy imparted by striking the metal against the flint being all that is needed to kick off the reaction.
The stone or "flint" has to be harder than the steel and sharp enough to remove metal. Sparks are made by quickly glancing the striker against a sharp edge on the stone. Catching the corner edge of the striker instead of the face produces more sparks. The corner is thin and easier from which to remove metal.
Traditional flint and steel takes practice. Don't get discouraged if you have trouble making sparks. You'll get there. And when you do everyone at camp will be forced to acknowledge your dominance.