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    I recently found a side release buckle on Amazon that has a whistle and flint and striker. I took a few tries to see how it worked, then just before thinking it didn't I found the secret with it. The flint and steel need to be at 90 degree angles, then it promotes heavy sparks. This with dryer lint or 90 percent alchol I keep in sealed straws, makes a fire almost instant. I used the buckle with 550 paracord and telecommunication wire to make a belt. Added a "swiss-tech" mini multi-tool and I have a survival belt!The belt has 50 feet of paracord, a whistle, flint and striker, snare wire, (adding 30 lb test fish line) and the micro tool has a small, very sharp knife, saw blade, screwdriver, pliers, and a light. Need to make a small pouch for some "alcohol straws" and a toad stool stove, and I am good to go. I have found with strikers, (like magnesium) you get what you pay for. All work but at least practice with it to find the best spark production methods for what you have. Pine needles and dried grass make excellent tinder, as do vaseline cotton balls, dryer lint (starts ewith mere sparks, ask hundreds of home owners), and dry cattaiuls, yarrow, etc.


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    There was once when I ws showing off trying to start a fire by using flints...when a friend shoved a lighter that was lit under my nose.
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    I've tried starting fires with lint and cotton using a weak magnifying glass. The cotton is too light and fluffy to catch fire. The lint will smolder but it will never catch fire. It just smolders away to ash. But those tinders seem to do well with even the slightest sparks, and will burst instantly into flames.
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    Remember, when working with a magnifying glass the darker the TINDER the easier the ignition. Charred material works excellently with a mag/Fresnel lens. The 6X lens on my HBC tobacco box works really good with charred cloth , punk wood and tinder fungus.

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    just like many others.i have books and boxes of matches,long stem lighters bic lighters and zippos.i also have a magnesium striker..in which i used a grinding wheel from a bench grinder to file down some of the magnesium..in which i put into a plastic box/case..in which i plan on locating something better to keep it in..i do plan on practicing with the bow drill just in case i need to take that route some day...

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    Just for grins I have started reading this thread started in 2007
    Seems we have come a long way since rubbing two rock together........than again maybe not.

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    Hello the camp! I did not read the entire string of posts but i did not see cotton balls smeared with petroleum jelly mentioned as a tinder. Use 100% cotton balls with a finger full of PJ and work it in. You can store a 1/2 dozen in a pill bottle. Pull one out and really fluff it up. One spark and it bursts into flame. They burn for up to 10 minutes. The spark can be from a ferro rod or a glowing ember on char cloth. Also, Tow Flax works great but is about $20 per pound. A pound fills two 1 gallon baggies.

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    Should have read them. There's probably 500 posts on PJ cotton balls. But Welcome home none-the-less.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paloduro View Post
    Hello the camp! I did not read the entire string of posts but i did not see cotton balls smeared with petroleum jelly mentioned as a tinder. Use 100% cotton balls with a finger full of PJ and work it in. You can store a 1/2 dozen in a pill bottle. Pull one out and really fluff it up. One spark and it bursts into flame. They burn for up to 10 minutes. The spark can be from a ferro rod or a glowing ember on char cloth. Also, Tow Flax works great but is about $20 per pound. A pound fills two 1 gallon baggies.
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    Quote> post 361 this page.....By MItyg4rr
    ...Pine needles and dried grass make excellent tinder, as do vaseline cotton balls, dryer lint (starts ewith mere sparks, ask hundreds of home owners), and dry cattaiuls, yarrow, etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rick View Post
    Should have read them. There's probably 500 posts on PJ cotton balls. But Welcome home none-the-less.
    i read the first 5 pages of a 19 page string. No mention of PJCB. Yup should have read all 19 pages before trying to make my first post.

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    Paladuro...I think, I have many posts on the PJCB..I am one of the diehard PJCB fans...
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    Actually, my comment was tongue in cheek. However, PJCB starts on page 2 at post 31.

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    I believe the mention of flint should be firesteel. Flint is a striker that shaves off and heats curls of steel that can start a fire. Jute twine will also take a spark and burn although it does burn quickly so you need other fuel ready. Cut the twine into pieces and pull them apart to make a pile then hit it with a spark. When possible I like to carry items that have multiple uses like jute twine.

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    Well...flint is actually a type of quartz. Not a striker.

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    Yeah - apples and oranges. Flint = rock whereas firesteel = ferrocerium rod.
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    It's really not a question of which is better per se. They are both tools. They both have their uses. The fero rod will provide you more fire in more environments so you'll get more for your money. However, if you do not know how to start a fire in a wet environment then those storm matches are gonna be pretty handy.

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