1000AD Firesteel Striker Ancient Byzantine Fire Starting TOOL Artifact i54686
1000AD Firesteel Striker Ancient Byzantine Fire Starting TOOL Artifact i54686
Tell a Friend Sell Here Report Listing

1000AD Firesteel Striker Ancient Byzantine Fire Starting TOOL Artifact i54686

Listing Ended. This listing from ZlobinCoins [+14714] ended on Thu 12 Oct 2017 11:37:48 (EST). If you were involved in this then you can click here to login and view it within My eBid. To see more items from this seller click here. Public bidding/purchase history can be seen below.
  • Condition : See Descr.
  • Dispatch : Next Day
  • Barcode : None
  • Brand : Ilya Zlobin
  • Start : Wed 01 Mar 2017 16:13:16 (EST)
  • Close : Thu 12 Oct 2017 11:37:48 (EST)
  • Remain :
    Listing Closed
ZlobinCoins accepts payment via PayPal ZlobinCoins accepts payment via Skrill (Moneybookers)
Domestic Shipping to United States for 1 item(s) edit
Not Known = $4.50

Shipping Calculator


Add a video to your auctions, just type in the YouTube video id when listing on eBid.

Seller's Description

Item: i54686
 Authentic Ancient

Medieval Byzantine Era Fire Striker or Firesteel from circa  1000-1200 A.D.
8.3 x 3.3 centimeters (51.86 grams)

Provenance: From  private collection in the United States of America.
Ownership History: 
From  private collection in the United States, bought in private sale in the United  States of America.

You are bidding on the exact item pictured,  provided with a Certificate of Authenticity and Lifetime Guarantee of  Authenticity.

A fire striker (or fire steel) is a piece of high carbon or alloyed steel from which sparks are struck by the sharp  edge of chert or similar rock. Modern fire strikers,  commonly called "artificial flints", are made from ferrocerium alloys.


In early times, percussion firemaking was often used to start fires. Before  the advent of steel, a variety of iron pyrite or marcasite was used with flint and other stones to produce a  high-temperature spark that could be used to create fire. There are indications  that the "Iceman" called Ötzi may have used iron pyrite to make fire.

From the Iron Age forward, until the invention of the  friction match, the use of flint and steel was a common method of firelighting. Percussion fire-starting was  prevalent in Europe during ancient times, the Middle Ages and the Viking Age.

When flint and steel were used, the fire steel was often kept in a metal tinderbox together with flint and tinder. In Tibet and Mongolia they were instead carried in a leather  pouch called a chuckmuck.

In Japan, percussion firemaking was performed, using agate or quartz. It was  also used as a ritual to bring good luck or ward off evil.


Besides using flint with the steel, many other hard, non-porous rocks can be  used, that can take a sharp edge, such as chert, jasper or chalcedony.

The sharp edge of the flint is used to strike the fire steel at an acute  angle. With practice, small pieces of steel are shaved off the fire steel. The  friction of shaving the steel off the fire steel and the pyrophoricity of the steel heats the pieces to  a molten state.

Charcloth or amadou ("tinder fungus") is sometimes used as  tinder with flint and steel to catch the low-temperature sparks, which can then  can be brought to other tinder and blown into flame. However, many woodsmen of  previous centuries had to do without charred cloth or fire fungus and kept  charred plant material in their tinderboxes.[citation  needed]>]


Frequently Asked Questions

How long until my order is shipped?
Depending on the volume of sales, it may take up to 5 business days for shipment of your order after the receipt of payment.

How will I know when the order was shipped?
After your order has shipped, you will be left positive feedback, and that date should be used as a basis of estimating an arrival date.

After you shipped the order, how long will the mail take?
USPS First Class mail takes about 3-5 business days to arrive in the U.S., international shipping times cannot be estimated as they vary from country to country. I am not responsible for any USPS delivery delays, especially for an international package.

What is a certificate of authenticity and what guarantees do you give that the item is authentic?
Each of the items sold here, is provided with a Certificate of Authenticity, and a Lifetime Guarantee of Authenticity, issued by a world-renowned numismatic and antique expert that has identified over 10000 ancient coins and has provided them with the same guarantee. You will be quite happy with what you get with the COA; a professional presentation of the coin, with all of the relevant information and a picture of the coin you saw in the listing.

Compared to other certification companies, the certificate of  authenticity is a $25-50 value. So buy a coin today and own a piece  of history, guaranteed.

Is there a money back guarantee?
I offer a 30 day unconditional money back guarantee. I stand  behind my coins and would be willing to exchange your order for  either store credit towards other coins, or refund, minus shipping  expenses, within 30 days from the receipt of your order. My goal is  to have the returning customers for a lifetime, and I am so sure in  my coins, their authenticity, numismatic value and beauty, I can  offer such a guarantee.

Is there a number I can call you with questions about my  order?

You can contact me directly via ask seller a question and request my  telephone number, or go to my About Me Page to get my contact information only in regards to  items purchased on .

When should I leave feedback?
Once you receive your  order, please leave a positive. Please don't leave any negative feedbacks, as it happens many times that people rush to leave feedback before letting sufficient time for the order to arrive. Also, if you sent an email, make sure to check for my reply in your messages before claiming that you didn't receive a response. The matter of fact is that any issues can be resolved, as reputation is most important to me. My goal is to provide superior products and quality of service.

Listing Information

Listing TypeGallery Listing
Listing ID#155222844
Start TimeWed 01 Mar 2017 16:13:16 (EST)
Close TimeThu 12 Oct 2017 11:37:48 (EST)
Starting BidFixed Price (no bidding)
Item ConditionSee Descr.
Dispatch TimeNext Day
LocationUnited States
Auto ExtendNo

Seller Recent Feedback

Purchase Activity

Username Time & Date Amount
No Bids as of Yet
This is a single item listing. If an auction is running, the winning bidder will be the highest bidder.

Questions and Answers

No Questions Asked About This Listing Yet
I understand the Q&A policies