7 responses

  1. Vogeler
    February 8, 2013

    Good article, thanks! But what do you do in a survival situation if you don’t have any char cloth? Is it possible to catch the sparks in the tinder bundle directly?

  2. Hawk lover
    July 18, 2013

    Dandelion fluff will work.

  3. Jason
    August 7, 2013

    Char can also be made from punk wood and cattail down. Milkweed ovem can be used without charing it. There is tinder fungus that I haven’t tried but hope to someday. I think if your packing flint and steel you had best pack a bit of prepared char and dry tinder with you so you can at least get the first fire easily.

  4. H Roland
    February 21, 2014

    Great article! I am an outdoor, survivalist, Rendezvous, Mountain Man, make it yourself, craftsman, Teacher, type of guy. Thank you for your support in the education of future generations. This wisdom is paramount for us who believe in self-survival. Not relying on the fast food and mini mall life style that so many people are dependent on. I would love to get a metal striker like in your picture. It would really enhance my Mountain Man Possible Kit! Can you help me purchase the fancy one just like your pictured one ? I have searched the web but none are fancy like yours. Thanks again!

  5. H Roland
    February 22, 2014

    Great article on Flint & Steel. I would like to get a steel like in your picture. Can you help me buy one ? Thanks Paul .

  6. Grey Nomad
    March 12, 2014

    ……..it travels in and down across this sharp edge, shedding sparks downward. ???

    Shedding sparks DOWNWARD?
    As I read this you are striking the flint with the steel, the steel travelling downwards, (like a hammer) & the flint held stationary in the other hand. If this interpretation is correct the sparks travel UPWARDS & across the top of the flint. I hope ‘downwards’ was a typo & not another article, on starting a fire with flint & steel, written by someone who’s only experience is watching it done incorrectly on TV.

  7. Max Dolan
    April 11, 2014

    I use pine straw that has been in the road and shredded finely by vehicular traffic. I put it into a gallon-sized zip-lock bag, along with dry twigs and my flint-and-steel can (that usually has char cloth or fine steel wool in it to begin with) In bad weather, I build a fire shelter before starting the fire, and then I gather more materials and put them near the fire to dry out. I like to replenish my fire-making materials before I go on to the next campsite so that I never find myself in a fix. .

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