1600's French - Black Robe

1600's French Fur Trade era fire steel or flint striker. This style of fire steel was used in the very historically accurate movie Black Robe - set in 1634 along the St. Lawrence River and the Great Lakes. Daniel starts his matchlock with a fire steel like this. This is based on a standard early French trade item of the early 1600's up to the early 1700's. Originals are pictured in The Museum of the Fur Trade Quarterly. It would have been carried by a hunter, soldier, voyager, fur trader, Jesuit missionary, or traded to one of the Tribes in the area of French control in eastern Canada and out through the Great Lakes, and the areas of the U.S. south of them. The British had a very similar fire steel for their trade to the Tribes. Originals have been found throughout the northeastern parts North America, and the area around the Great Lakes. For someone recreating a very early fur trade of the Northeast. Size is approximately 4 1/2 inch by 2 1/2 inch, and 1/8 inch thick. This is a BIG fire steel, and fits the hand well with one finger in each loop, and the other two in-between.

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