And thousands of survivalists and preppers will automatically reach for their fire steel aka ferrocerium.
Or do they?
I don’t, and the rod as shown lives in the bottom of the back pack.
For me that’s the last resort and I’m more likely to reach for my disposable gas lighter OR my Zippo lookalike.
Only It doesn’t stop there.
I also carry a box of strike anywhere matches too, how weird is that!
OK I’ve dipped them in candle wax but hey, I was just being prudent!
What all the above amounts to is I carry multiple ways of easily igniting things.
Incidently I also carry a couple of other things.
Half a dozen Vaseline soaked cotton wool balls stuffed into plastic straws and a couple of candle stubs. They aren’t ignition devices BUT they sure help to get a fire going.
Yet, by admitting that I don’t rub sticks together any more, use a magnifying glass, chemicals, or even use wire wool to knacker my cell phone battery, I’m probably going to find my memberships to “Purist Preppers and Bushcraft Anonymous” has been cancelled.
Like I’m really worried about that.
Only hows about you?
Are you of a practical no B.S. nature or like to make life hard for yourself to prove a point?
After all in the cold and wet, you need a fire going for heat, as quickly, and simply as you can manage and rubbing two sticks together just doesn’t work fast enough for me. Especially in the rain.