Sebastian who lives in Illinois, a repeat FireSteel.com customer, is kind enough to share his interesting method for creating a handle for his FireSteel that also has an embedded compass.
His unique FireSteel handle is attached to a FireSteel.com 3/8 -inch diameter by 4-inch long Armageddon FireSteel. The other end of the wooden handle has one of our button compasses securely glued in place. He has also added a lanyard through which a Magnesium Bar (as a fire starting aid) and Super Scraper has been strung.
In Sebastian's own words, this is how he did it:
* After all drilling is done but prior to attaching anything I used Pecan Walnut 1 step stain and seal (2 coats). Put nails into each end temporarily to suspend over parallel 2x4's and allow stain to dry.
- Cut branch into 2-1/4 inch length
- Bake in oven on 220 degrees for 1 hour to dry wood.
- Spindle sander to bevel the edges.
- Using a 3/8-jnch drill bit, drill 1/2-inch into center of one end of the wood
- Epoxy FireSteel into the hole
- On opposite end of wood use a drill press, forstner bit and epoxy for compass
- Drill 3/16-inch hole in side of wood for insertion of a lanyard.
I think Sebastian's baked wood FireSteel handle came out well. I hope it sparks some FireSteel ideas of your own!
And remember, FireSteel.com FireSteels are made using an especially high-sparking formula. When you want the best you can't go wrong choosing our FireSteels for your unique project.
Enjoy the day, and have fun making fires,