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    Default Using a folding knfe with a ferro rod..

    Here is a recent video covering the above subject (it works well with fixed blades too).



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    Paul Kirtley deals with this on his blog. His usual commonsense approach emphasises safety.
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    Nice one again Neil 👍
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    Good video

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    Tidy method. If I've got a Spyderco with me, the hole is quite an accurate way to scrape a steel.
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    Good video Neil .. and the cute Hazel

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    Spot on. Can not understand why I have not seen that before. Excellent tip.

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    I thought this was just common sense, and would never have considered doing it any other way with such a knife.

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    Brilliant thanks.

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    I just use the back of the pen knife when folded... Am I missing something?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mountainm View Post
    I just use the back of the pen knife when folded... Am I missing something?

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    Exactly what I do when I use the opinal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mountainm View Post
    I just use the back of the pen knife when folded... Am I missing something?

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    assumed that was the method so didn't watch the vid

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    It's 5min vid for that?

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    for that?
    When you know it is obvious, for me it was "Why did I not think of that".

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    +1 Hammock_man
    Suspect plenty of others hadn't thought of it either, especially those developing their skills - for Opinels or other types of folding knife.

    Thought the use of the stick with the fixed blade/ferro rod was good too.

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    For me it was the Stick and fixed blade that was an eye opener

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    I was trying to think of how to get a group of youngsters to hold the scraper still, and move the rod, and this could help. Nice.
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    Yes Chris - it works well with kids (I have taught hundreds of youngsters this method). The big advantage is that they don't disturb the tinder with the striker, instead it allows them to accurately shower it with good sparks.
    It also is very good in bad weather if you are using grass or bracken, as the stick holds it all in place and stops it blowing away.
    If you are used to using the blade folded and it suits you, fine carry on, I like to try different methods and thought I would share it as so many people see it and comment on how effective it is.
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    Good tip thanks, will try that method too.

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    It's a good tip that I will be teaching my scouts. Thanks


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    Following on from this I thought about my grandson and came up with this from bits I had.
    FerroGuide2.jpg
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    Flat bit of scrap with a thin slot cut in near the edge. Notch cut out to allow sparks to fall onto tinder. Pound shop Veg chopping finger guard, stick carved to fit finger guard.
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    Fit Stanley blade into slot. Put tinder on metal plate, try to tuck a bit between stick and guard to make it more secure. Hold flat scrap down with left hand, draw ferro rod over stanley blade with right hand.
    When lit carry burning bundle to already set up fire bundle and scrap off into kindling.
    RECOVER BLADE for next time

    Could be made by scout with SAK and use it's blade???

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    Tried out the 'knife on a stick and pull the ferro rod across it' today while lighting a little fire in the wood to make tea. What a brilliant idea. I'm still a novice at this but using a ferro rod has been a journey of wastage, either scattered tinder everywhere or spending ages showering sparks all over the place and trying to get enough on the birch bark powder to get it lit.

    Today though, took two draws on the ferro rod and everything burst into flame. Definitely be using this technique a lot more from now on. Thank you Neil, for a brilliant bit of advice.

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    Thank you very much my friend for taking the time to try it and let me know it worked for you - that is very kind. I hope it's the start of a long journey!
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    I have to say, I was embarrassed not to have thought of this on my own. The entire time I've been trying to 'hone' my skills in showering sparks in the right place, I could have been doing this!

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