Poor man's one handed flint and steel

by David Henderson
(Tryon NC 28782)

You see all those high priced flint and steel fire starters and they take two hand and bit of skill to use. I have used a cheap flint and steel set up for years and it is one handed as well. It is so simple I can not understand why it is not sold in every camping store there is.

So have you guess what I am talking about yet? Well most people never would. I am talking about a flint spark lighter found in any welding or auto supply store. You can get one at NAPA (WLD 7771416) for about $7 (triple flint). A single flint mode is even cheaper. For that matter you may have one in the tool box right now and never thought to use it for fire starting.

(PS: Sorry if this has been posted some where. It is so simple I am surprised that every one does not use them)

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Well Put AND Replacement Flints are available
by: Anonymous

I have know about and used these since the 60's .... The replacement flints can also be screwed on to a small machine screw and struck on a steel file....this striker is small enough to be used in a belt pack fire kit... a small can of lighter fluid and cotton balls and or Q tips would complete the kit.

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knock knock
by: Shaykh Idris

Who's there? A guy with enough ferrocium rods to last him 30 years, if kept away from salty water.

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Cigarette Lighters
by: Todd Owen

I so love huys who always think INSIDE the box, you do realize those things fail very often, plus they can get wet super easily. The suggestion the poster made is quite reliable and tested. Its not always about gadgets and gimmicks. However using something that welders have used for many many years solely to make sparks is an invaluable tool to add to anyones arsenal of tricks to survive. Dont knock any knowledge being passed around, one little trick may just save yours or someone elses life..... Happy Survival from The Rocky Mountains of Colorado : )

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the other one
by: Shaykh Idris

The other one-handed flint & steel gadget is called a cigarette lighter, even cheaper than the above.

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