bobbee wrote:Can't buy them in the UK, but I can make them easily enough.
BTW, anyone having trouble with eBay? I keep getting a "too many redirects" message when trying to search for anything. I have to Google what I want and click on any eBay results. Waiting for a reply to complaint to eBay.
Strangely enough the better quality flints over here are made from English Black Flint - it's considered premium stuff along with French Honey.
As you note you've already got the best stuff there so might as well make your own.
Copied from Tom Fuller's site:
Unsure how fit to find the proper size flint? First find the largest size that will fit. Pull the cock to the half cock position. Measure from the front of the top jaw screw, to the face of the frizzen. A flint longer than this distance will hold the frizzen open at the half-cock, expsoing the priming powder.
The flint should be as wide as possible without overhang. If the flint overhangs the inside edge of the frizzen, it may be possible for the flint to gouge the barrel as the cock swings through its' arc.
We have installed this flint "flat side up" to strike the frizzen high, giving a longer stroke, and more sparks. The flint is well within 1/8" of touching the frizzen on this lock by L&R. This small gap between flint and frizzen is correct.
If the flint is too short, the top jaw or screw may hit the frizzen. Or the frizzen may fail to may fail to "snap over" at the end of the stroke.
A leather pad is essential to properly grip the flint. Select a scrap of thin soft leather, suede, glove leather, etc. First cut or punch a small hole in the center, a bit larger than the diameter of the top jaw screw. Second inset the leather to these edges. Trim the leather to these edges. Overhanging edges may char. Third fold the leather, insert the flint, and tighten the jaw screw with a well fitted screw driver blade.