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I'm not having much success making sparks on a Strike-a-light using a new Lapp Pukko. I assume it's down to the black coating on the edge of the knife but thought I'd check out other opinions before I sand or grind the edge. I'd be grateful for anyone's thoughts.
Do you hold the firesteel on the spine of the knife and then pull the firesteel backwards, in a fast motion? I had to experiment a little with the angle before succes. :wink: :biggthump
Yes, the same technique as with my Woodcraft knife which produces a shower of sparks although I'll perhaps vary the angle a little to see if that works for the Pukko.
Is the steel stainless? This could be an issue, but I have a few stainless ones and they do exactly as good as the carbon. :roll: :-)
I'm pretty sure it's carbon steel
The blades can be a bit soft to cast lots of sparks. You have to find a good angle and use more pressure than normal. It works, just not as effective as harder steels.
The back of your blade may need filing flat, look at the back of the blade and feel it it may have slightly rounded edges, you will need a good sharp edge to produce your sparks, flatten it by rubbing it on your sharpening stone or on some wet and dry paper :biggthump
alternative would be to use a short piece of hacksaw blade
i have one attached to a string on the firesteel
means i can carry whatever knife i want, without worrying if it will spark :-)