Char Is King: But How Do You Ignite It?
What's the best steel striker? The one you have with you, right? Of course right. But choosing the striker you are going to purchase can be a daunting task unless you have experience handling it.
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The steel striker produces sparks by oxidation. Quite simply, when raw iron is exposed to oxygen, it heats up rapidly (a by product of rusting). So by removing small particles of iron, and exposing them to oxygen, we are able to create a "spark". The trouble is that iron itself is too soft to be able to knocks off tiny pieces with the flint (chert, other hard, sharp stone). When carbon is added to iron, it becomes steel. Hardened steel is more brittle, thus making it easier to remove smaller particles, allowing for quick oxidation.
In this video we're going to look at 3 different steel strikers, with different advantages and disadvantages.