not wanting to waste anything when I snapped off the end of my first striker a while a go I kept it and today I decided to make a mini striker from it, cleaned it up on the grinder, as it was hardened it sparks as good as the striker it was taken from.
Been busy today, made another non-forge antler striker, a much bigger one this time, used a Nicholson file (Brazil) 6.3mm strike face thickness, 84.7mm striker length, again friction fitted. Last of these, the rest are going to be forged.
These a much better (IMHO) than just a file snapped off.
another successful day at the forge, all because of the generosity of a mate.
One double curl done and another bought striker that only sparked occasionally rehardened now sparks consistently.
I have found I can only do one striker in a session, that way I am not feeling rushed and can concentrate on the forging and mateship.
The double curl still doesn't look like the pic, and has some cracks in the strike face after the quench (despite me not working the metal too cold, and doing several normalizing cycles throughout the process) but it sparks like demon, and that's what I care about.
I'll do a spark test video tomorrow