Fire Kits on the Production Bench

The shop has been a little slow with outside projects and day work taking over my hours. However, I do get a few things done along the way and some projects are coming to a completion. I have a load of FLINT & STEEL fire kits on the way for late winter purchase and have put the first up in the shop today ( There are a surprising number of steps to getting even a simple composite toolkit like these together from the metalwork, leather cutting, dying, sewing, adding the findings and closures, and finally photographing to get them posted in the shop.

Fire Steels from Eric Bartch of Colonial Iron.

I had already designed the pouch style early in the summer and a few sold quickly so my next step was to get some high quality fire steels from within my Maker Family. I put in the order with my old friend Eric and he produced these extremely beautiful strikers for the project.

Simple pouch design that I feel is perfect for my fire kit.

I decided to sew up this round without measuring or marking the stitch line to give them a rustic look. I have mixed feelings about this so I may go back to the more uniform looking stitch marker for the upcoming bags. Each bag will be a little different, with variations on the closures and any added features as whimsy strikes me along the way.

Recycled tinderboxes are an affordable and sturdy option.

If you aren’t familiar with flint & steel fire-making the tinderbox serves a two-fold purpose; to provide a chamber to make charred tinder and to hold and protect the tinder from moisture over time.

The striker doesn’t have to be this beautiful to be functional but to have both form and function makes for a loved tool.

To up the ante, so to speak, on this kit I included a flint from Knife River North Dakota. Some real primo stuff. Needless to say, the high carbon steel strikes very well and produces great sparks. A kit like this will become an heirloom and will only improve with age.

Form and function.

As always, my designs are informed by 18th Century style and are designed for hard use in the wild. If you are interested, wander over to the shop or follow the blog to find out when the next round will be in the market.

All the best to you and thanks for stopping by!

2 thoughts on “Fire Kits on the Production Bench

  1. These creations of yours are gorgeous, well sourced quality, and of obvious use. Sincerely looking forward to purchasing two of them when you have them listed in the shop. I do like the freehand stitching as you’ve a steady hand so although the stitches aren’t measured they are still more than fairly even giving the pouch a skilled handmade/custom appearance.

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