Another simple DIY project: Make your own steel striker from an used file

The C-shaped steel striker repro and DIY steel striker kit

The C-shaped steel striker repro and DIY steel striker kit

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.

An old used file.

An old used file.

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.

The broken file and the hammer.

The broken file and the hammer.

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.

Working on the piece of file

Working on the piece of file

Smooth sides of steel striker

Smooth sides of steel striker

After this step you may have an object like this below.

DIY file striker

DIY file striker

A family photo.. 🙂  So different shapes.. but same use.

C-shaped striker and the Diy steel striker

C-shaped striker and the Diy steel striker

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!

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8 thoughts on “Another simple DIY project: Make your own steel striker from an used file

  1. The aircraft skin cutter or “file” on the back of the 499 OTC Survival Knife is a superb ferro rod striker! Found this out yesterday. Just don’t try it with flint. It will mess it up and won’t work….

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  2. I had to chuckle here. About 3 years ago, I went to Harbor Freight; bought a cheap 12″ mill bastard flat file for about $4; broke it into 3 pieces; ground-off and smoothed the narrow edges; and made excellent sparking strikers. Plus, the flat sides (w/teeth) made for easy gripping with little potential for knuckle-busting. It just seemed like an easy way to make strikers with none of the fancy forging, tempering, etc. Artistic/authentic values not withstanding, it never ceases to amaze me how some people insist on complicating what could be a simple procedure.

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