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Wilma Naturprodukter Elddon Flint and steel set
Starting a fire with a traditional Elddon is a great and easy way to get a campfire going in a historic way.
From the Iron Age until the invention of the match, the use of fire steel and flint was a common method of starting a fire.
In the Nordic countries, firewood has been known since the early Migration period, and was used in rural areas until the mid-19th century, when matches began to be used more widely.
Charcoal cloth replaced faggots, especially among the nobility and the slightly more affluent, in the 18th-1800s, where charcoal cloth and the firebox had a prominent place on the mantelpiece. For the common people, cotton fabric was too valuable to make charcoal cloth out of.
This method of making fire was widespread in Europe in ancient, medieval and Viking times and was used well into the 19th century before the industrial production of matches, which began in 1832, gradually meant that the use of fire sticks and firelighters came to an end.
When steel is struck against a sharp piece of flint, it emits a shower of sparks which then ignite the charcoal, which then begins to glow.
Then place the glowing charcoal in a bundle of dry grass, bark or fluffed jute yarn and blow until it flares up.
This way of making fire is an excellent skill to learn as an alternative to modern methods. It is truly satisfying to make fire as in the past and once you have started doing this, it quickly feels like the best way to make fire in the outdoors. Simple, historic and genuine...
The watertight jar contains a traditional fire steel made of carbon-rich steel, sharp shards of flint, sticks of fennel, jute yarn and a good amount of charcoal cloth.
It is now delivered in the shiny jar as shown in one of the pictures.
From spark to blazing fire...!