A good day and a broken firesteel!

Discussion in 'Wilderness & Survival Skills' started by VTguy17, Nov 25, 2011.

  1. VTguy17

    VTguy17 Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 4, 2011
    My family lives a ways away so I stayed home for thanksgiving and am going to see them this weekend. Anyway, Sonya and I decided to go out to the swamp (favorite hunting/hanging out spot) have a fire and shoot some small game. We got a bunch of snow the other night so it made for a great day. Camera was low on batteries so I only got a few shots.

    The Vermont backroads, so glad I have a Jeep.


    Marlin and a WWII khukuri

    She looks fat but believe me she's not it's all fur :)

    Up here fire is easy in the winter with a little birch bark. Just scrape a thick piece into dust and it lights usually on the first strike.

    My fire steel gets used a lot and has been getting skinny and it finally broke! I still managed to use the striker and the longer piece of rod to easily get a spark.

    Melting some snow for tea
  2. pitdog


    Apr 13, 2007
    Some amazing pics buddy, love the dog !

    With regards to your dog looking fat comment, my parents used to have a Samoyed and that was the same way, when he was soaking wet he looked half his size !!!
  3. flnder


    Nov 30, 2003
    Has anybody got any ideas what to do with the untethered broken piece of firesteel? Could it be ground or scraped like a mag bar and catch a spark? Any other ideas?
  4. sar5


    Jan 15, 2011
    Nice pics! Looks like a great day outdoors. Your dog is awesome
  5. The Warrior

    The Warrior Insane Viking Moderator

    Mar 11, 2011
    Very cool photos. My father in law has a summer home in Morgan Vermont, on Lake Seymour.
  6. TheGame


    Sep 24, 2008
    Thanks for the pics. I can't wait for our first snow to stick.

    Good looking dogs :thumbup:
  7. glockfire

    glockfire Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 7, 2008
    Thats a beautiful pup youve got there!
  8. thebrain


    Dec 12, 2007
    I wasn`t thinking she looked fat I was thinking she looked warm. I had a Norwegian Elkhound when I was youger and she looked huge with her winter coat and tiny when wet in the summer. Great pics and beautiful dog, thanks for posting.
  9. VTguy17

    VTguy17 Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 4, 2011
    Thanks for the kind words!! I love the winter time.

    I used the longer half thats not attached to the handle still worked fine and was long enough to get a hold on. Not something I'd want to use all the time but in a pinch it worked fine.
  10. cut it out

    cut it out

    Apr 11, 2010
    very cool pics! thanks for sharing.:thumbup:

    WILLIAM.M Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 14, 2006
    Great Photos

    Beautiful Dog too!!!!
  12. VTguy17

    VTguy17 Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 4, 2011
    So obviously I need a new fire steel. I was thinking I will probably just get another light my fire scout seeing how it's givin me years of good service but I'm always open for a change. Anyone have any "you have to try this" recommendations?
  13. DD214


    Jan 21, 2010
    Have you ever investigated fire pistons? I still use steel, but I have to admit to being intrigued a bit.
  14. VTguy17

    VTguy17 Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 4, 2011
    I haven't used a fire piston but I must say I have always been intrigued by them, maybe I will pick one up along with another fire steel just to mess around with.
  15. dialton


    Jan 1, 2007
    Cool pics & a great looking companion!
  16. oldrich


    Aug 28, 2008
    Hi. Great pics & cool dog! The skinny firesteel sucks, I've broken mine before starting any proper fire... Then I bought the "army" sized one and that's something completely different.
  17. kvaughn

    kvaughn Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 28, 2005
    Check out one of the misch metal ones from Goingear. Those things throw FIREBALLS! once you get the hang of them. Lot of different sizes also.--KV
  18. VTguy17

    VTguy17 Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 4, 2011
    Are you using just as a blank meaning just holding the rod or do you have a handle or something your putting it in?
  19. kvaughn

    kvaughn Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 28, 2005
    Both. I put some of the small bare ones in my BOB's and put some nice wood handles on a couple others that ride in knife sheaths. They work pretty much the same either way.--KV
  20. martino910


    Apr 2, 2006
    frozen river, snow, khukri, blazing fire...what an amazing and awesome pic!

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