"Presently there were sparks as she used a flint and steel"
Assorted reproduction firesteels typical of Roman to Medieval period.
GNU Free Documentation LicenseAssorted reproduction firesteels typical of Roman to Medieval period. - Credit: Gaius Cornelius
Striking a flint with a piece of steel can be used to make sparks and therefore start a fire. A flint and steel is an old fashioned form of fire making that is many hundreds of years old.