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Step Up Your Survival Skills with a Blacksmithing Class


It all sounds pretty simple: Just grab some high carbon steel, forge it into a “C” shape, heat it until it’s orange and scaly, then immediately quench it in oil. Those are the basics of making your own striker for true flint and steel fire starting. I have done this successfully in the backyard. But I wanted to go deeper down the rabbit hole, because nothing is ever as simple as it seems. After prowling the web for blacksmith classes, I found a blacksmithing school in my home state of Virginia, aptly named the Virginia Institute of Blacksmithing. I also found that they had an upcoming class that not only showed you the basics of blacksmithing, but also showed you how to make your own flint strikers. That was all I needed to see. A few clicks later, I was registered.
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