I just bought some firesteels off the Internet. I got them from Firesteel.com. If you don’t know what a firesteel is, it’s basically a piece of a metal rod that when scraped makes a shower of sparks. You take the edge or back of your knife or a scraper of some sort and kind of scrape it hard along the side of the firesteel at an angle and you’ll get some sparks. The more practice the easier it is for you. With one of these you can always get a fire going. You know that you want to have multiple ways to start a fire. A firesteel can be another tool in your fire starting kit.
Another good thing about firesteels is that they work even when wet.
I bought a set of five for I think $15. One will go in the Get Home Bag, one in the camping Rubbermaids and I sewed one to my knife sheath. Check it out.
I had some cordura cloth that I sewed into a little pocket just large enough to hold the firesteel firmly and I attached it to the sheath. Pretty slick, huh? I hope I never need to, but if I do need to desperately start a fire, the firesteel will make it easier than a fire bow. I have been successful using firesteels to start fires. You really need to use a different type of tinder when using a firestell though. Lint, the stuff from a dryer, milkweed fluff, steel wool, cotton balls or something else that is light and fluffy will usually do the trick.
Like most guys, I like to start fires. There is something very satisfying about starting a fire without using matches or a lighter.
If you buy some firesteels, like everything else, you need to practice using them before you depend on them. So get some firesteels, put me in your tackle box, tool box, hunting kit or GHB and practice.
GET OUTSIDE EVERYDAY!! Some of the reasons this is my favorite time of year, the days are still getting longer, flowers a blooming and the air is heavy with the sweet scent of flowers. Do you recognize this plant? Maybe you have mallow growing in your garden.
These are nice pictures of a Musk Mallow. The leaves are edible and nutritious. Like okra the plant contains a mucus that can thicken soups. Leaf and root teas are used for coughs, bronchitis and as an anti-inflammatory. A poultice can be put on wounds.