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diyoutdoorsman (author)2011-03-17

Flint or chert can be found in a lot of places occurring naturally and can be picked up off the ground. If you live in a area where the geology doesn't provide this stone you might contact a local flint knapper. Failing that, flint may be found at rock shops, gem & mineral shows, or even on Ebay.

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rickharris (author)2010-11-17
around here I can dig them out of the garden.

River bed, you need to study your local geology.

on the other hand the older sparking wheel lighters usually with a wick - Zippo for example - had flints in them

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sharlston (author)rickharris2010-11-18

thanks,yeah im aware the zippos have flints but theyre tiny

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The Ideanator (author)2010-11-15

The strike sticks on the backs of those magnesium starter things, scrape along the back with a knife and you've got yourself some blinding sparks.

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sharlston (author)The Ideanator2010-11-16

Ive got one,wanted to try making fires old school style

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The Ideanator (author)sharlston2010-11-16

When I visited the historic bit of Williamsburg, VA I visited a shop that had some old timey chunks of flints and steel strikers. That's the closest I've come to that.

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orksecurity (author)2010-11-15

If the question is where you could find flint occurring naturally, websearch would answer that too -- the Wikipedia article describes what kinds of formations flint is typically found in.

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kelseymh (author)2010-11-15

A sporting goods store with a good camping/outdoors section, REI, or a good surplus store. You could always do a Google search, but that might be too complicated.

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