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Condor Outback Folder Bowdrill Fail – What Am I Doing Wrong?

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Matt Graham gave me some tips on how to make a bow drill fire at the 2018 SHOT Show. I used the Condor outback folder knife as a bearing block and got a coal in no time. So I bought one and tried it at home.

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8 thoughts on “Condor Outback Folder Bowdrill Fail – What Am I Doing Wrong?

  1. Yesterday I saw a documentary on ancient stone tools. When I saw a round, flat stone with a hole in the centre it just clicked.

  2. Love this video! I’m glad you posted it even though you didn’t get a fire. It is good to see how hard it is. Please keep up the great videos. As my father would say “you learn more from failure then you do from success”.

  3. Humidity in the air speed of the drill moistness in the wood coarseness of the dust all play a roll it is also a perishable skill doing in the sun light is difficult cant see properly.

  4. I live in florida and i have tried those pithy weed stocks. And i have still never once got a single ember. My favorite spindle and board combos is mimosa, pine, and cedar in any order(these are what i have around me in plenty that work great(all need to be good and dry)). You need a thicker spindle(little bigger than thumb size to two finger size). When you start its like an oven. Heat up the wood nice and slow and conserve energy(nice and easy strokes), start with light pressure and add alil pressure every 10-15 seconds. Once you have reached to about 70-75 percent of pressure add speed for about 15-20 seconds or until you have ember. Hope this helps.

  5. I admire your effort Brian i would of broke out the Bic on the second attempt fun to watch though us wanna bees have much to learn. its all in the wood and it condition not the effort unfortunately. Reality its not easy to go out in the woods and pic two peaces of wood and rub them together and create fire easily so many variables. Great video

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