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This is about balcksmithing, but then again it is not. 

I was watching a demo on fire starting with out matches or lighter. One of the methods used was with a peice of steel and a hammer. The guy doing the demo said that Japanese smiths would start their fires by taking a small piece of steel and beating it cold on the anvil until the metal would get hot enough from friction to start an ember in a tender bundle. 

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I was demonstrating tapering to a beginner's class yesterday and I pointed out that the thin soft steel got brighter with my hammer blows as I was putting energy into the system and so is they hammered fast and hard enough the workpiece would stay hot longer and more could be done for each heat.

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We had a thread about that a few years back. The eggheads among  us were showing us math that “proved” it didn’t, and couldn’t happen. Some one (i think it was Mooney” posted a vidio of him lighting a fag (cigaret) from a 3/8 bar in less than a minuet. 

As a farrier I had already saw this effect wile drawing clips. 

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As a kid we broke wire by bending it back and forth quickly and it'd burn heck out of you if you touched it. Making it red hot with a hammer needed neither demonstration nor explanation, first time I heard it.

Frosty The Lucky.

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