Time period: 12th to 16th Century
Materials: Flint, Iron, charcoal cloth
Product Dimensions: 15 x 10cm bag
Each kit includes a steel, 2 flint rocks, char cloth, hemp tow and instructions, packed in a unbleached linen bag. Strikers are hand forged in Germany of high carbon steel. Flints are shards of assorted shapes.
The process of starting a fire with flint and steel is straightforward. A spark is created by striking the steel down across the sharp edge of a flint or quartz rock. The rock shears off tiny flakes of metal, creating sparks. To nurture the spark into a flame, the spark is caught on a highly flammable material called char cloth ('charcoal cloth'). Once the char cloth is glowing, it is transferred to a bundle of tow and blown into flame. The flaming tow is used to ignite successively larger tinder like wood shavings, dry pine needles and small twigs (not provided).
Due to the handcrafted nature of the product, shape may vary from photograph, but is of the correct medieval shape. Slight rust patina does not affect fire making.