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Ideas for a firesteel chuck/handle?

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#1 Conscript


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Posted 22 December 2013 - 06:15 PM

I have some 3/8"x6" and 1/2"x6"/12" firesteels. I'd like to make (no welding equipment) or find a handle that can solidly hold them. People usually epoxy them into wood handles but I want to be able to remove/replace/flip them around in the "chuck".


I use one of these lumber crayon holders at work (http://www.forestry-...37_71135_u1.jpg, ) and that's where I got the idea, but I cannot find one in metal. The lumber crayon holder wont hold up to the downward violent pressure, I tried.


Anything off the shelf you can think of? In the case of the 1/2"x12" the handle would need to be hollow so that I can let as much out as I need and the rest can protrude through the base of the handle on the other end for all I care.

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Posted 23 December 2013 - 03:40 AM

Pipe? Most pipe is ID. So half in pipe, half inch couple and a hacksaw? Cut it to look like your crayon holder.
Then epoxy all that into purty wood
Might have to run a drill bit through the pipe! Can't think of anything else with a finer taper for more grip

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