Do I Need to reharden a striker

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I traded flint/chert for a striker(animal shaped) but no matter how hard I try I can't get it to spark (files on my chert look like fire works)
Sooo should I attemp to reharden the steel and/or file the edge and try again ?
 

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It could also be to hard. See if a file will cut it and how much. Cuts easily to soft doesn't cut all all to hard
 

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It could also be to hard. See if a file will cut it and how much. Cuts easily to soft doesn't cut all all to hard
File hard on fire strikers works best. Frizzens need a slight temper. You can temper a striker at 300°F if you wish, just to relieve a little stress, but it may be considered optional. Very doubtful that you will over harden a striker.
 
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