This is really the fastest way to make a steel striker, without using a forge, i must say that you’ll not obtain a beatiful object, like the C-shaped steel striker, or tibetan or the other models…
But.. a really functional tool to light a fire, made by your hands, with few minutes of your free time!
What you need? A vise, an hammer, a bench grinder and obviously the raw material: an used old file.
This item must be not too old! You may never damage historical tools because they have a specific value.
Why a file? because this tool has an high carbon content, essential for big sparks!
If you can’t find the file, you could purchased this from a local flea market for few money (i’ve bought mine for 2 euros).
First of all, if you want to use this inside a survival metal box, you have to measure and take note.
Now put the file in the vise, gripping the larger side at your selected distance from the end.
With the hammer hit, not too hard, the flat side, you’ll break the file.
Once you have the piece of file, start to refine your work.
With the bench grinder round all the angles and make a smooth flat surface on all the small sides of the piece.
Remember to not overheat the piece, use water to cool down, because the steel could lose the temper and so, its function.
After this step you may have an object like this below.
A family photo.. 🙂 So different shapes.. but same use.
This is your first steel striker! Create a kit with an Altoids metal box, small stone and char cloth.
Start your test and try to start a fire like and old mountain man!