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#300492 - 12/04/21 12:59 AM Sparks using flint on carbon steel Mora?
clearwater Offline
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I see the Mora 511 knife on sale pretty cheap sometimes. Would the steel be one that would throw off sparks if struck against flint, chert, or quartzite? I know some old pockets knives of carbon steel will. And old files.

#300496 - 12/04/21 04:02 AM Re: Sparks using flint on carbon steel Mora? [Re: clearwater]
hikermor Offline
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You post prompted me to grab one of my elderly laminated steel Moras and try sparking on handy ferro rod. I got a spark.

You were asking about flint and other rocks. I was once working with pickaxes in flinty limestone and we were striking so many sparks with our tools that we were concerned about starting a fire in the abundant dry grass.

I would much prefer a ferro rod to an odd piece of flint - much more abundant spark shower.

Edited by hikermor (12/04/21 01:53 PM)
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