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How Native Americans Made Fire 200 Years Ago

You need your fire, a kid in a dry spot like I do, I’m going to show you actually how to make fire the way I’m dressed today, I’m dressed from 200 years together and 200 years ago, one of the most common thinking we would have had in Our survival bags or our pouches that I’ve you see me wearing was a fire striker our blacksmith right over there.

Ben Rogers is actually making some of these stripers and he does have some of them over there. He said for sale, so if you want to get one, that’s where you’d want to go now. This is what’s called blended steel and it’s basically the idea of where a big lighter got its idea from okay, the big lighter when you rub the ground thing. That’s the steel running across a piece of Flint and what happened to get a spark read this.

This is hardened steel from an old fire or something like that and a little piece of Flint. This is actually an old musket. Flint is kits that wore out and instead of throwing it away, I like to use it for my fire kit, because this black flat throws off real good spark and if I don’t get a good spark, I got to shave off the rust. Get rid of that rust, or maybe I got a sharpen up the edge on that Flint.

A dull edge, won’t give you a good spark, but if you got a good, sharp V, some Flint and a good striker, you should get spark every strike. Just like I’m doing here, you sell this parse. Those sparks are tiny shavings of Steel coming off that that’s what it is as a matter of fact, if I use this enough times, probably will be more my lifetime. I would actually wear it out, but it would take an awful lot.

Good horn piece of steel will last a while and that’s what you’re seeing there this far now. The way to do this is to capture the spark and what I’m going to use to capture the spark is a cloth just like I’m learning accept it to confirm and by burning the cloth it becomes char. The char is too kind of like halfway between ashes and cloth. Okay, it’s just charred kind of keep it dry, though all’s it takes is a good little piece of char clock there catch your spark.

The first spark that hits that it’s going to light it now to get the flame I’ve got a nest over here. This nest is made out of some Spanish moss. I like to use the old pine needles, the ones that’s been – walked over on the trails and becomes fluff or maybe, if it’s rainy like today, and we can’t have any good dry material find a palm tree. That’s got the boot still on there, yank them off. You got that hair back in the between the bark and the trunk of the tree and the boots.

That’s called monkey here. People call it or gorilla hair, but it uh, it’s actually the palm fiber and it works real good for fire-starting, even on a wet day. Sometimes you can pull that palm tree apart and get some dry material, forgetting your fire going. Okay, let’s see if we can get this to happen, one spark or two sparks whatever takes to land on that to get it going here we go here there. It is already burning: one spark hit it there now our nest little bit hair you go about that whoo.

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By Tim Broken

I am an avid camper and love to wright about various camping trips and other stuff. Check out my blog to learn more about me.

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