Mora Firecraft. The Ferro Rod.

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Mora Firecraft. The Ferro Rod.

Post by Woods Walker » Sun Jan 28, 2018 5:41 pm

I am going to do a few threads on Mora Firecraft methodologies. I am no expert of anything so keep that in mind. Just showing what works for me. This series will include different methods of getting and sustaining flames using a Mora knife. I am practicing skills. My advice is to always pack an actual fire kit which includes multiple means to start a fire and tinder. Here are the Mora knives.

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1. Mora #2
2. Mora #1/0 (discontinued some years ago)
3. Mora 2000
4. Mora LMF

This is probably the easier of the Mora firecraft methods so it's a good place to start. The Mora #2 is stock. I have several. It's unfinished spine makes for a very poor ferro rod striker. The Mora 2000 has a rounded spine and is nearly impossible to toss a spark from a ferro rod. The #1/0 has 1/2 of it's spine filed flat. The LMF comes that way intentionally. Both are fantastic strikers. Take note one is stainless and the other high carbon steel. Both are equally good at tossing a spark. On a side note there is no law against using the blade edge if yea really really really have to. Obviously the spine is better but it's not the end of the world if forced to use the blade. Mora knives are easy to sharpen.

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I am going to use the #1/0 as occasionally carry it as an UL neck knife.

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Part of the rules beyond the obvious requirement of using a Mora knife is I must gather what is needed from nature. As this is really just basic ferro rod methodology I will be looking for tinder. I could make wood shavings or feather sticks as well but have so many easy to find options. Then again I know what to find because of practice. The time to practice these skills are before they're needed.

Looking for Yellow birch by a small river. I intend to take the hanging bark which will not harm the tree. The bark contains hydrocarbons and as such has great potential energy.

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Tulip Polar bark is good. Knowing what's in your environment helps but generally things with similar properties often preform similarly.

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Hanging Beech leaves. Leaves on the ground this time of year are horrible as tinder. In fact often that's the case in my AO. These leaves are another story.

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This looks like Goldenrod. It should work just time.

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The tinder ready to go.

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In the video I ignited all the tinder to show the process of using a Mora knife as a ferro rod striker. To start the fire going to use Yellow Birch bark. It is hydrocarbon rich so in many ways could be considered both tinder and kindling.

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GO! Action shot of the ignition.

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Fire.

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Time to cook the sacred bacon.

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Mora knives makes for very good ferro strikers. Here is a video. Thanks for looking!

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Re: Mora Firecraft. The Ferro Rod.

Post by Beowolf » Sun Jan 28, 2018 6:28 pm

Those sparks were huge!

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Re: Mora Firecraft. The Ferro Rod.

Post by majorhavoc » Sun Jan 28, 2018 6:38 pm

Love the way you combine gear reviews, bushcraft skills, naturalist facts and tasty campfire seared bacon all in one topic. Add to the mix some ice cold whiskey in a traditional tin cup and I swear to God you could take these posts/YT videos up to eleven. :awesome:

FYI: I have the Mora LMF (also in zompoc hi viz green) and a Companion, with that annoyingly round edged spine. I need to do the flat file mod so I can lose the piece of hacksaw I currently have tethered to the Companion's sheath along with a ferrocerium fire steel.

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Re: Mora Firecraft. The Ferro Rod.

Post by Woods Walker » Wed Jan 31, 2018 6:57 pm

Beowolf wrote:Those sparks were huge!

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Yes they're impressive. One reason why it was so easy to ignited that tinder. Thanks for the sub.
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