Lighter - Natural
The medieval lighter in a practical cloth bag contains everything the heart needs for original fire making.
With a little practice it should be no problem even for a layman of our time to start a very authentic fire.
The flint owes its name to the fact that you can start a fire with its help. When flint and metals or ferruginous pyrite or marcasite are struck against each other at the appropriate angle, sparks are created that can be used to make fire. This fact was already known to our ancestors in the Stone Age. However, this was by far not the only or most important purpose for which it was used.
Stone Age Lighter
Until the advent of matches in the 19th century, steel and stone were used as lighters. Such a "
Stone Age lighter" consisted of a flint, easily combustible powder or easily ignited fibrous material, usually tinder, and pyrite or marcasite. The actual fire producing stone was the pyrite or marcasite or later the steel.
Contained in cloth bag:
- real beaten flint
- carbonaceous fire steel
- fine fluff of bulrush
- dry tinder wood
- pine chip
- draw bags made of cotton/polyester and linen
Occurrence of fl
int Flint is mostly found near the coast, but can also be found in inland sedimentary rocks as relics of the Ice Age, due to transport in glacial ice.
With tinder and flint I make a fire fine....
Fire was and is a main element of human life. It protected us from enemies, provided
warmth and served to prepare food.
Even today, fire is elemental to a wide variety of processes.
With well-dried tinder or bulrushes, a sharp-edged flint and the necessary striking iron
you can still face the task of making fire in the original way.
To do this, take some tinder and place it on a sharp-edged part of the flint.
Both are held with one hand and with the other, with the help of the carbon steel of the fire, beat
to the edge of the flint with swift movements.
After a few attempts, sparks should appear here, which will then fall onto the tinder and cause it to smolder.When striking, please make sure that you keep enough distance from your face, as even
tiny stone splinters could break off if you are still inexperienced!
Lightly blowing on the tinder can accelerate the process.
As soon as a spark has ignited, you have to be quick and this under constant light blowing to
a delicate smoldering fire.
Tinder alone is not pure fuel, but only serves to develop embers.
So you have to feed the fresh tender smoldering tinder so that it does not go out right away.
This is where easily flammable material such as the inside of cattails or thistle wool comes into play.
From the easily combustible materials one should have built oneself in the apron already a" nest", in which one puts now the glowing tinder.
With constant, gentle blowing, you wait until the material ignites. Here it can come to smoke development!
Please be careful when inhaling!
Now you can gradually smaller dry burning material such as small wood, pine shavings, twigs and pine cones
and start your small fire to a real campfire.
Experienced fire makers need about 5 minutes to light a fire, this only as an incentive for all future "fire makers".
Do not be discouraged, here is especially the motto:" Practice makes perfect "!
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