Andrew Kirkham
Traditional 'Flint & Steel'Fire Lighting
Classic 'U' Shaped Fire Steel
(Stuart or Georgian - 17th to 18th Century)
with Natural Flint

Classic 18th Century 'u' - Straight Tang Fire Steel (AK) The photo shows a Traditional 'U' shaped Fire Steel, which was used for 'Flint & Steel' fire making in around the 18th Century.
Classic 18th Century 'u' - Twisted Tang Fire Steel (AK) The photo shows a traditional 'U' shaped Fire Steel. This styly is a little fancier since it has a longer 'Twisted' tang. Circa 18th Century.
  • Available in Two Styles:
  • As a 'Straight' Tang Fire Steel
  • Or as a'Twisted' Tang Fire Steel
  • Simple Styled 17th to 18th Century Fire Steel
  • Great for Traditional ‘Flint & Steel’ Fire Lighting
  • Hand Made by Andrew Kirkham
  • Measures Approx. 3” (75mm) by 1-1/2” (38mm) by 3/32” (3mm)

This simple Stuart or Georgian ‘U’ style Fire Steel was popular during the 17th to 18th Century and many that have been found are made from old Files. Recycling steel in this way could dramatically reduced the cost of making them since high quality steel was still, at the time, relatively hard to manufacture. The simple utilitarian ‘U’ design was most probably used because it is one of fastest and simplest ways to turn spent Files into useful and resalable goods. This being done by simply drawing out the end of broken File into a long narrowing tang, curling the very end to form a small circle and then bending the tang over to form a ‘U’ shape. This Steel is available in two styles:

The Straight Tang Fire Steel

These Hand-made 18th Century ‘U' shaped Straight Tang Fire Steels measure approximately 3” (75mm) long by 1-1/2” (38mm) wide by 3/32” (3mm) thick, and where handmade by the esteemed blacksmith Andrew Kirkham who specialises in historical correct hand crafted tools and other products.

The Twisted Tang Fire Steel

These Hand-made 18th Century ‘U' Twisted Long Tang shaped Fire Steels measure about 3 1/2” (75mm) long by 1-3/4” (45mm) wide by 3/32” (3mm) thick, and where handmade by the esteemed blacksmith Andrew Kirkham who specialises in historical correct hand crafted tools and other products.

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