flintlock flint setting question(helpppp!)

Discussion in 'Black Powder Shooting / Muzzleloaders / Handguns' started by rob the painter, Nov 27, 2007.

  1. rob the painter

    rob the painter New Member

    May 3, 2007
    i know another flint question..this is probably a dumb question but what is supposed to strike the frizzen first to make it flip up? i just noticed that my flint holder adjustment screw is what flips the frizzen open then the flint strikes it write at the end, this doesnt sem correct can someone look at theres and tell me and/or is only the flint supposed to touch frizzen,thanks again for helpping a newbie.
  2. Oneida Steve

    Oneida Steve Well-Known Member

    Sep 28, 2006
    Upstate NY
    The flint should strike the frizzen up near the top and scrape along its surface. The frizzen moves slightly when hit. You may have to make some trial-and-error adjustments to make sure that the flint is hitting the frizzen properly.

  3. Millwright

    Millwright Well-Known Member

    Jun 30, 2005
    Your flint's too short/small.........Perhaps you've heard this before........

    Seriously, the flint opens the frizzen as it strikes downward across it allowing the sparks to cascade into the pan...... >MW
  4. sewerman

    sewerman New Member

    Jan 22, 2007
    hurricane ally florida
    actually your flinter should throw good sparks with out the frizzen spring installed.

    with the frizzen closed and the cock (hammer) in the half cock position the flint should be close enough for a dollar bill to fit between the face of the flint and the face of the frizzen.

    if the flint touches the face, then you can dress the flint face by knapping or use a bench grinder to slowly dress the rear of the flint while using water to keep the flint cool.

    the flint should strike as close to the top of the frizzen as possible and scrape down the face of the frizzen. the flint will actually remove small shavings of metal and that is what lands in the flash pan to ignite the powder.

    some folks place the flint in the cock jaw with the bevel down @ the instructions of the 18th century english army or place the flint with the bevel up. the important thing is that the flint is square to the frizzen face and striking as high as possible.

    then there's the controversy over what to wrap around the flint to help grip
    in the cock jaw. some use leather other's swear by lead.

    a good attack angle for the flint strike of the frizzen is roughly 60'.

    this can be accomplished by heating the cock and bending it forward or backward. a throated cock ...one with a bottom connection from the bottom jaw to the main stem has to have the metal connection at the bottom of the cut out (throat) sawed or cut to allow the cock to be bent then re-attached, (welded).

    make sure frizzen face is devoid of grease and powder residue & the flint face too.

    you can field knap the flint with the flint still in the cock by holding the frizzen almost open with your thumb behind so the frizzen will not move and cock and let the flint fall against the bottom edge of the frizzen to knap to a new edge.

    hope this helps:)
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