Fire steel handle

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Project by Nathan H. posted 04-23-2014 12:55 PM 1422 views 1 time favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

An outdoorsman friend of mine at work who knows that I use ebay a lot and didn’t want to create his own account to buy a single item asked if i would buy this fire-steel for him. In the process i offered to make a handle for it and this is what I came up with. Pretty simple, but he was very happy with the outcome. He even got out his survival knife at work to try it out. I tried to capture it on camera, but missed the effect, oh well. This was a fast, simple, fun, and cheap project and it allowed me to experiment with my lathe and some project development.

The wood is Butternut (White Walnut), dyed brown with Keta Dyes (To match his knife sheath), then treated in Tung Oil. The eyelet is made of brass tubing cut to length, press fit into the wood then ground to shape with a Dremel tool.

-- - Nathan H., Iowa

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#1 posted 04-23-2014 06:42 PM

I’d love to expand my woodworking repertoire with some lathe work. Alas, I’ve never even used one. But this looks good.

-- Tree, wood, and box lover from Pennsylvania

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#2 posted 04-23-2014 09:00 PM

Cool. I should get one of these and play survivor.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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