I spotted a stack of fire steel blanks in an outdoor shop and thought id have a go at making a handle for one. I had the choice of deer antler or birch burl. I decided on the antler as it was a nicer shape.
Ferrocerium rod (fire steel blank)
Step 1: Sanding off
I used the sanding piece on the dremel to remove the rough outer layer and sand in a thumb shaped dip so that the polished antler doesn't slide out of my hand when i strike it. This was all done with a rough sanding to P60.
Step 2: Drilling your hole
I used an epoxy resin to glue my rod into the hole, but only because thats what i had around, most glues would suffice.
I placed the rod in the hole, wiped of any excess glue, clamped it in a grip and left it to dry for a few hours.
Step 3: Sanding
Step 4: Engraving
Using a fine edged engraving bit on the dremel i carefully engraved the rune into the antler.
To fill in the shape of the rune i melted the end of a wax crayon, using a lighter, and dripped the wax into the rune. After scraping off the excess wax and fitting the leather strap and your good to go.
To use your fire steel simply run a hard metal edge (like that of a knife) down the length of the steel whilst applying some pressure.