Flint and Steel Explained

Flint and Steel

A step by step guide to learning and improving your traditional flint & steel technique. I’ve  noticed that as soon as I learn a new skill, I become pretty much useless at explaining it, as I immediately forget what I was doing wrong. Helping others to learn something face to face, allows me to refresh my memory and realise the important bits and pieces I should be stressing when teaching. It’s a wonderful mirror, where peoples successes and failures are a reflection of my own skills and abilities to explain things.

I have been fascinated by fire and primitive fire making techniques for qiute some time. Therefore, I decided to shoot a series of videos about primitive fire-making for those fascinated by flames and willing to learn how to make fire without matches or a lighter. I remember how difficult it was to find proper and helpful information when I was learning this stuff myself, and thought it’d be a good idea to include all those tips I couldn’t find back then.

Here’s the first of the series – the traditional flint and steel.

Mora knives overview

MoraI had other plans for this week but a nasty accident prevented me from doing what I had planned. I rarely cut myself with knives but when I do, I make sure it counts đŸ˜‰ This time I didn’t exactly cum myself. I stabbed the palm of my right hand with my Mora classic No1. How the hell did I do that? Well, it slipped a little as I was trying to put it back in the sheath and my reflexes were faster than rational thought. Obviously. That’s what reflexes are for – to be fast. This time, however, it didn’t work very well, as I went for a falling knife. If that wasn’t enough, the butt of the knife got stuck in my jumper and the knife turned tip up as I was swatting it.

Long story short, I severed something in my right hand (most likely just a muscle) and ended up a bit crippled as I’m right handed. That left me useless with knives for some time and the only thing I could shoot this week was an overview of part of my Mora collection.

Here we have Mora 731 high carbon, 711, a single edged crooked knife, Mora 106, Classic No1, No2, The new Mora Robust Pro, Old Mora High Q Robust, Mora Flex Knife, Companion Stainless Black, Q 511 and Companion Serrated or diving knife, which BTW is in very High Vis orange.

Why do I have so many of those knives? First of all, they’e good. Not just for the price. Many, much more expensive knives don’t stand a chance agains Moras. Second, they are very inexpensive. I like that combination.

So here’s what Mora of Sweden have to say about their products and company.
“Mora of Sweden was formed in 2005 through the merger of Frosts Knivfabrik and KJ Eriksson. The name reflects the important link between our products, the town of Mora and its Swedish origin. A Morakniv (Mora knife) is always a knife from Mora of Sweden.The company is still family-owned and developes and manufactures knives which are delivered to all parts of the world.”