October 9, 2011

firesteel – my way! (25th vid contest winner!)

i spent another weekend indoors (because of a lower back problem), so i find the time to finally close the 25th vid contest.

if you don’t remember what was the contest about, here it is: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tRo6jkYKF_k

the mysterious prize J is a firesteel that i made from springsteel.

i like to light my fires with the firesteel (the old-style “real” one, not the ferrocerium rod) and i think this is a really good method for the outdoorsman. that is why i made one to meet my requirements: it throws good sparks, it’s lightweight, small, comfortable to hold and use. also, it can be used as a scraper too (to throw sparks from a ferrocerium rod or to scrap a piece of fatwood). i put my logo (which is ursa minor) on it, polaris being represented by the lanyard hole. the indentations are improving the grip, so the fingers will not slip when you strike the firesteel. you can see it here:

so, who is the winner? 198 youtubers sent me the right answer (frog eggs), but the lucky one is… “maveraver” – congratulations, my friend!

as for the other 197 – thank you for participating, and i wish you all good luck for the next contest J.

also, i'd like to thank to all my friends and subscribers for their support – since i posted the contest vid, the number of upload views almost doubled! thank you all!