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diy handled ferro rods?
« on: August 26, 2019, 12:54:44 PM »
Let's see what ya got.
I got an Elk antler at the NY State Fair, it was $16 but fit my hand nicely. I drilled it to 1/2" and with clear gorilla glue hammered it in. 1/2 x 5" gave me 4 1/2" usable rod. I drilled it for a lanyard and  made a 7/64th amsteel continuous loop. over 1000 lbs breaking strength!! I figure in hard ground I can also use it as a tiny pick axe, for a hard ground cat hole.

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Re: diy handled ferro rods?
« Reply #1 on: August 26, 2019, 01:42:07 PM »
Very cool.
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Re: diy handled ferro rods?
« Reply #2 on: August 26, 2019, 10:20:51 PM »
Nice one XJ.

Here is one I use.  Deer antler.  Used JB Weld to anchor it and 550 paracord for the lanyard as I won't be digging with mine.  I carry a short magnesium rod (but have never used it) and a striker.  I don't like using the spine of my Kephart from Sarge to strike a spark.



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Re: diy handled ferro rods?
« Reply #3 on: August 27, 2019, 05:22:58 AM »
Here a few of mine. Mostly antler, but the top right one is with Australian Bloodwood, and the 2 lighter ones are from pine that I harvested on Mount Olive in Jerusalem.


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Re: diy handled ferro rods?
« Reply #4 on: August 27, 2019, 07:26:41 AM »
Here's some of the first ones I made.  I have gotten better at making them, with practice.




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https://www.natureoutside.com/make-custom-firesteel-without-fancy-tools/


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Re: diy handled ferro rods?
« Reply #5 on: August 27, 2019, 08:36:31 AM »
Dabberty those are really nice ones.  I like the antler tips you are using as it appears it would be easy to hold when striking.

Woodsorrel those are nice looking and the article you wrote about making them with just a few tools is well done. 
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« Reply #6 on: August 27, 2019, 08:39:51 AM »
Thanks, wsdstan!

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Re: diy handled ferro rods?
« Reply #7 on: August 27, 2019, 10:23:10 AM »
 :-[ I'm embarrassed.....min e still have the cheap plastic handles they came with, but I also still subscribe to the old saying, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it".

My straight razor-based patch knives however, all receive an antler handle. 

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Re: diy handled ferro rods?
« Reply #8 on: August 28, 2019, 11:33:11 AM »
Some very nice ferro rods pictured.  Does sticking one in a wine cork count?

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Re: diy handled ferro rods?
« Reply #9 on: August 28, 2019, 01:25:12 PM »
Very nice thread. Mount Olive Jeruselem? Now that's special and cool.

Woodsorrel, Always look forward to the newsletter. Great stuff!!

Yup a cork is grippy. Should work fine.
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« Reply #10 on: August 28, 2019, 02:17:39 PM »
I like that one Nuke, looks functional, doubles as a bobber if you pull out the ferro rod, and it was fun drinking the wine to get the cork.  What more could a fellow want?
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Re: diy handled ferro rods?
« Reply #11 on: August 29, 2019, 01:45:20 PM »
I like the cork one a lot Mr Imnukensc, gonna give that a try myself as well :-)
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Re: diy handled ferro rods?
« Reply #12 on: August 29, 2019, 02:12:01 PM »
Thanks, guys!  I made that cork one up a few years ago.  Don't remember where I got the idea from.  I thought it was from the forum here, but it could've been a knife or gun forum.
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