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FK2 and firesteel

Discussion in 'Carothers Performance Knives' started by DMG, Nov 14, 2020.

  1. DMG

    DMG Gold Member Gold Member

    300
    Dec 30, 2005
    Striking a firesteel requires a sharp edge, usually the spine of the knife so as not to dull the blade. I have noticed that the spine on my FK2 is somewhat rounded which means it won’t work for that.

    With every knife with a rounded spine you have these options:
    Carry a small striker
    Use the blade
    File a flat on the back of the blade


    What solutions have worked for you? Use the coil? Carry a Bic?
     
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  2. Odog27

    Odog27 Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 20, 2011
    I carry a striker and often a SAK or traditional knife in addition to my primary fixed blade. If I was going to use my primary knife, FK2, I’d use the half inch of blade closest to the sharpening choil. I also carry a Bic.

    There are also 90 degree spine CPK’s out there from the preorder.
     
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  3. fatfrog

    fatfrog Basic Member Basic Member

    402
    Jul 26, 2019
    The choil is way too small for most fingers so you can put a 90degree edge on it. The FK2 pre-order also had an option for 90 degree spines.
     
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  4. Hard Knocks

    Hard Knocks Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 1, 2012
    I strike with the awl on a SAK Pioneer since that knife is on me all the time. I think if I were in the camp that likes 90 degree spines but also likes CPKs I would do one of two things:

    One, I'd grind the spine square myself or have a reputable modder grind it. Just take precautions not to overheat the steel and blow the low temp treat. Your sheath might get sloppy with this method. I'd likely look for one of the 90 degree ones from the preorder like the gentlemen above mentioned before doing this.

    Or two, and probably a better option, I'd grind a small radius in the spine that would just match the diameter of my preferred firesteel. It'd give you a sharp half-moon to strike with, it would still leave most of the spine chamfered and finger friendly so as not to eat batons and such, and it wouldn't change the fit of your sheath. Just something to think about.
     
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  5. never.truly.lost

    never.truly.lost Gold Member Gold Member

    463
    Dec 13, 2015
    If you can track down one of the 90 spined FK2 knives they rock. I had a photo somewhere here of lighting one up with mine....
     
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  6. gunslinger387

    gunslinger387 Gold Member Gold Member

    403
    Aug 31, 2010
    I have a sharpened spine from CPK, it was from the pre-order. There weren’t too many made or sold but it never hurts to ask Jo. It’s my favorite knife. The spine is sharp and will Chew through a baton faster than a chamfered spine but it’s still my preference.

    If I didn’t have that I would carry a fire steel with a scraper. Although it probably wouldn’t hurt the edge it kinda seems like sacrilege.
     
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  7. JustinFournier

    JustinFournier Gold Member Gold Member

    May 7, 2012
    Bic. I’m too old to piss around.

    YMMV.
     
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  8. Lorien

    Lorien KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Dec 5, 2005
    a little broke off piece of hacksaw blade is what accompanies my ferro rod in the little kit I put together- and never use.
     
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  9. never.truly.lost

    never.truly.lost Gold Member Gold Member

    463
    Dec 13, 2015
    You can of course light ferro or flint whatever steels for fire lighting with a squared spine.
    But do not let that limit your imagination; I strip electrical wire, tree bark, fruit, whatever else with the spine that I don’t need an actual cutting edge for.
    The 90 spine FK is like the Leatherman of the CPK knife world
     
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  10. osprey888

    osprey888 Gold Member Gold Member

    673
    Apr 25, 2013
    Carry a Bic. Better yet, carry two!
     
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  11. Bigfattyt

    Bigfattyt Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 23, 2007
    Small striker. I also usually have a few knives, and a leather man while camping.

    I don't like using spine or edge of knives unless I donr have a striker.
     
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  12. DMG

    DMG Gold Member Gold Member

    300
    Dec 30, 2005
    I think I am going to carry the hacksaw blade striker. I also experimented with the little sharpening choil and was able to get a decent supply of sparks from it with no damage to the blade so I have that as a backup plan.
     
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  13. kurpak

    kurpak Gold Member Gold Member

    217
    Mar 31, 2008
    I carry a mini Bic, back up mini Bic, matches, ferro rod + small striker and use them in that order.
    In the last 10 years I've yet to use my matches :D
     
  14. Hard Knocks

    Hard Knocks Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 1, 2012
    I'd really like a few matches and 5 gallons of diesel that shrinks down to about 8 oz for ease of carry in a pack lol. Until they come up with the technology for that, this kit works pretty well.

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