This just arrived from an eBay seller, D&B Primative Forgeworks, Darrel Aune from Minnesota. I have wanted a firepiston for a long time..... I have one from Jeff Wagner on order but ran across this fellow on ebay and got lucky with my opening bid winning the package. This is his image:
This is a cocobolo piston with a built in hand drill device. The piston body has a hole in the end to hold a piece of mullen, then a shaft (or arrow shaft) is inserted in the body and you have a hand drill....unique. He supplied the fireboard, fungus, mullen, string, instructions and lubricant too.
My first attempts with the piston did not give me a coal, but I changed out my piece of fungus and got a coal on the next whack. Of course, I picked out the coal on top of a magazine wrapped in plastic on my desk....not exactly the sort of fire lay I should have had...smoked my magazine a might but fun...the odour was growing so I swept the coal into my tea cup before my workmates investigated another strange occurance from my cube.
The hand drill aspect will have to wait until this weekend or so however. This will not be as easy is my guess. But having two neat-o tools in one is sort of fun and from what I can tell the maker did a nice job on this. Once my Bushcraft model arrives from Jeff I will be able to compare.