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Old 05-29-2011, 08:23 PM   #2176
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What exactly is a P38 in reference to firestarting?
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Could be used as a Firesteel striker, I suppose. Commonly used for opening C or K Rat cans. A Kabar will work too, as long as you don't care about the edge on your knife.
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Old 05-29-2011, 08:33 PM   #2177
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Could be used as a Firesteel striker, I suppose. Commonly used for opening C or K Rat cans. A Kabar will work too, as long as you don't care about the edge on your knife. [/QUOTE]

Apparently it can be used for many things including striking flint, use #28 out of 39 uses for a P38.
http://www.olive-drab.com/od_rations_p38.php
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Old 05-29-2011, 08:56 PM   #2178
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Could be used as a Firesteel striker, I suppose. Commonly used for opening C or K Rat cans. A Kabar will work too, as long as you don't care about the edge on your knife.
Apparently it can be used for many things including striking flint, use #28 out of 39 uses for a P38.
http://www.olive-drab.com/od_rations_p38.php[/QUOTE]

I think, if it came down to a choice of the edge of my knife and being cold [the only time I'd use a steel to start a fire, I prefer a Bic lighter or a kitchen match myself], screw the edge, gimmie fire!

Now, flint and steel. I used to be able to start a fire with flint and steel, problem is finding a good flint - I used a file as steel, but I'm thinking maybe I can make a nicer one now that I have a forge for heat treating it.
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Old 05-29-2011, 09:19 PM   #2179
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I think, if it came down to a choice of the edge of my knife and being cold [the only time I'd use a steel to start a fire, I prefer a Bic lighter or a kitchen match myself], screw the edge, gimmie fire!

Now, flint and steel. I used to be able to start a fire with flint and steel, problem is finding a good flint - I used a file as steel, but I'm thinking maybe I can make a nicer one now that I have a forge for heat treating it.

The aversion to using one's knife to strike a ferrocerrum rod never made sense to me, unless you have a precious tiny knife. Striking as near the choil or ricasso as possible, will at worse dull a quarter inch of edge, and usually a portion of which one typicallly doesn't use. And it would take a lot of spark-striking to noticably dull it, in my experience.

As for your flint-striker, file steel is great (assuming you have a good quality file to start with - watch out for cheaper case-hardened ones), just quench the first 1/8" or so in water, dead hard, no temper. Yeah, it's easy to crack one a bit, but that won't matter to the rock.
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Old 05-29-2011, 09:37 PM   #2180
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What exactly is a P38 in reference to firestarting?
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Just thought it'd be a handy addition, with the added bonus of possibly using it as a striker...
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Old 05-29-2011, 10:21 PM   #2181
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Could be used as a Firesteel striker, I suppose. Commonly used for opening C or K Rat cans. A Kabar will work too, as long as you don't care about the edge on your knife.
These cheap little things are wonderful gadgets- Had a local store "donate" a handfull to me. Was happy to buy, but when I told the nice guy they were gonna be for a bunch of idjut scouts, he laughed and said "take 'um."
You can spend 1-2 HOURS teaching scouts the many uses. Was fun. Had to prepare a dinner with a knife, and this tool- including starting the fire. WHen hungry, they can learn to rip into the can fast .

Also makes a good zipper pull on a pack or "bug out bag."
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Old 05-30-2011, 02:12 AM   #2182
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and you can even use it to open cans!

works surprisingly well too. is that one in the pic sprung down folded? the ones we can get here just flap about, cheap chinese copies i expect. slice up pockets, legs, other stuff as it bounces around in a pack. not great. couldnt use them as a zip pull eg
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Old 05-30-2011, 09:43 AM   #2183
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and you can even use it to open cans!

works surprisingly well too. is that one in the pic sprung down folded? the ones we can get here just flap about, cheap chinese copies i expect. slice up pockets, legs, other stuff as it bounces around in a pack. not great. couldnt use them as a zip pull eg
good eye, I hadn't noticed that. As issued they were not - wouldn't be a bad mod though!
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Old 05-30-2011, 04:40 PM   #2184
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KC just walked in the door and tossed this at me.

She toss anything else at you yet?
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Old 05-30-2011, 05:30 PM   #2185
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She toss anything else at you yet?
Case is s'posduh be done this net week.
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Old 05-30-2011, 06:04 PM   #2186
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It's a BRKT Huntsman, scaled with bighorn sheep that looks like none I've ever seen before (Internet pictures, mind you), lined in black.

I'm hoping for tomorrow or Wednesday.
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Old 05-31-2011, 08:22 AM   #2187
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Cool, thanks! I rarely camp with canned items, but I remember those from my scouting days as a child. I'm pretty sure I used to have one -- the picture gave me a flashback to sore thumbs.
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Old 05-31-2011, 12:40 PM   #2188
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Best knife in the world. That thang near right opens cans right good times.
Anyway, every time I seen some cocksucker espousing the qualities and whatalls of the p38, guess what?. he had it in his dreams or some such and not to hand. Fail times.

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Old 05-31-2011, 12:47 PM   #2189
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Best knife in the world. That thang near right opens cans right good times.
Anyway, every time I seen some cocksucker espousing the qualities and whatalls of the p38, guess what?. he had it in his dreams or some such and not to hand. Fail times.

Ahh, P38, P39 whatever it takes......
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Old 05-31-2011, 02:43 PM   #2190
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