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Lumber Crayon Holder

https://www.lowes.com/pd/Dixon-Ticon...lder/999997762

The handle allows for a better grip & allows you to apply more pressure & torque.
(for bigger longer lasting sparks)

Ĺ X 5 inch Ferro rods (2 in this listing)
(will last a LONG time)

https://www.ebay.com/itm/2-Huge-1-2x...sAAOSwHGxcFvM~

Carbide Strikers
(duel purpose & far more effective than steel strikers)

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Speedy-Shar...sAAOSwUXBa81O1

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Garden-Tool...799fb3b67c5f21
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Tagged! Love the idea Bunkerbuster!

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Great idea BB. I picked up 2 holders at Lowes today and will order my 'crayons' tonight.
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Some might think a carbide striker is overkill.
I assure you it is not.
Simply stated, a carbide striker will cut/peel long curled shavings off a Ferro rod.
Which creates far bigger & longer lasting SPARKS.
Which greatly increases your ability to ignite tinder.

Mg shavings on the left were made with a steel striker.
Mg shavings on the right were made with a carbide striker.

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Example below
I can send BIG sparks flying 10 feet
So big, they even bounce sometimes

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Some might think a carbide striker is overkill.
I assure you it is not.
Simply stated, a carbide striker will cut/peel long curled shavings off a Ferro rod.
Which creates far bigger & longer lasting SPARKS.
Which greatly increases your ability to ignite tinder.

Mg shavings on the left were made with a steel striker.
Mg shavings on the right were made with a carbide striker.

Matter of fact, I was thinking exactly that. I was thinking it would be superfluous when I normally have a knife and axe. When it come to pyro stuff, I'll bow to the expert. You have me convinced. I'll spring for the extra 10 bucks and buy the strikers.
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Some time ago, at a close out sale, I bought a whole carton of carbide scraper blades super cheap. I was so impressed with how well carbide works as Ferro rod strikers. I broke the scraper blades evenly in half & used super strong epoxy to attach them firmly into oak dowel handles I made.

I made over 20 & gifted most to our BOL family & crew members.

This kit combination is so effective (with good tinder), an 8 or 9 year old youngster (with a little tutoring & practice) can start a fire as fast as a very capable experienced adult.









I also made a few custom handled ones out of store bought metal ones.

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Matter of fact, I was thinking exactly that. I was thinking it would be superfluous when I normally have a knife and axe. When it come to pyro stuff, I'll bow to the expert. You have me convinced. I'll spring for the extra 10 bucks and buy the strikers.
They also serve double duty. With a soft stroke, you can use one to quickly sharpen a knife blade. With a firmer stroke, they will sharpen a hatchet or axe PDQ....
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...Umm... 'BRILLIANT!!'

Awesome adaptation of the lumber-crayon holder! Love it.. Thanks for the tip...

..I can also second the carbide-as-scraper.. I got a 1/2-dozen 'super-size' rods while back (pretty much just that size - 1/2" x 5"..) and they were 'bundled' with carbide strikers.. Very-much agree they're the way to go! Have them all-but One, in 'deep-storage'.. Using the 'cheaper' / smaller ones up first, but.. Do have one in the GHPack, in-truck...

....and Good to see you on yer Feet, slingin' Fire at all them demons!! Thanks, as always...

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Bunkerbuster, I love the custom wood handled striker. Nice work!
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Bunkerbuster, I love the custom wood handled striker. Nice work!
Thanks for the kind words.

Pretty easy to DIY, especially if you have a small belt sander.



Bush camp knife I built.
Bought the Stainless steel blade for $1 at a thrift store
Original handle was badly scorched / burned on a stove top.

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