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Fire with the ferro rod

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Practicing making a fire with the tied and true ferro rod. It have been trying to master it for a while but I think I鈥檓 getting pretty good at it. I was able to make a fire on the first go! Know I just need to get and actual bushcraft knife馃ぃ
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I would recommend looking into a Mora (Morakaniv) brand knife for a great starter Bushcraft knife. They鈥檙e affordable and have a great Scandinavian grind on the blade. Make sure to buy a high carbon blade variety and you may need to do a bit of file work to the spine to get that nice 90掳 you鈥檒l want for striking your ferro rod. At least with the less expensive models.

That鈥檚 freaking excellent though that you鈥檙e picking up your fire making skills. On to the bow drill!! Jk
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That is really cool. Learning different ways to make fire can be so useful.

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Here is my setup. I made the handle then epoxied the rod in. :)
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Ferro rods are incredibly reliable and the best backup fire making tool out there, many ways to use them depending on your tinder and local environment.
I would second Mora being very good knives for general outdoor use, striking off the back of the knife is a good technique to know but square edges can make the knife uncomfortable to carve with. For "extreme survival" backup it's good practice to keep a striker on the same cord as the rod just incase you loose your knife only a situation for very back woods trips. Does look really cool having a slot for a rod integrated in leather knife sheath.
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i love starting fires with ferro rods,have never used the back of a knife blade tho,i like making my own strikers from sawzall blade remnants and the smaller pieces of files [leftovers] or any thin carbon steel thatwould ordinarily go in the "bin" as long as it will harden it will throw some wicked sparks,
also seconding the Mora choice (y)
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