I am testing this little Salamander Firesteel by Andy at Feather Forge. Andy kindly offered this prototype as a hand around tester through Bushcraft UK Forum. It has been travelling around the country from person to person, in theory stopping with each for 4 days at a time although this seems to have been abused a bit as it should have been back with Andy by last Christmas! It arrived with me yesterday.
Its a great little gadget for firestarting, a quick strike of the steel on flint results in a strong spark that will take to anything such as the bushcrafters favourites like charcloth or ‘King Alfreds Cakes’ otherwise known as coal fungus (Daldinia concentrica).
The firesteel has a very useful blade that I think would be good for skinning. The Salamanders shape means it fits nicely in the hand and makes the blade easy to control.
Now I just need to talk Andy into letting me buy one of these off him, in fact I’d like to buy lots and offer them to people staying at The Exmoor Centre.