I need some advice on fire strikers in Hot Work Posted March 13, 2021 I'll second or third the use of old files and W1. Haven't made any in a while, work getting in the way of having fun. Anyway, I have done a couple of larger "household" strikers out of 1018 with a 1084 striking surface forge welded on just for fun and they worked well. Just normalize and water quench just the striking surface, maybe about an 1/8" or so deep. I do the draw back with a map gas torch, the tail or whatever you want to call it gets blue and the hard edge barely enough to sizzle water, then coat with bee's wax. And of course test strike before boxing. Before and after quench I clean the striking edge up on a less than perfect 80 grit belt to get to good steel.