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By the way, good luck with your book SemperParatus.
On one episode of that survival show he started a fire by mixing together what he said were two common first aid materials.
so i followed the directions i shaved the side till i had enough shavings to cover a quarter i pet that on top of my cotton ball and started stricking the flint with the knife .guess what no flame after 5 minutes of trying. so i got a little lantern oil on top and first strike succewss burning cotton
Originally posted by Redge777
I carry a lighter.
This is possibly the most useful piece of advice I've seen so far on this thread. There is far more chance of having a lighter on your body than having a magnesium block or flint & steel.