posted on May, 25 2011 @ 11:40 AM
I carry the following in my pack:
1. bow cordage.
2. 2 bic lighters
3. Scripto Vue lighter. spare flints and striker assembly
4. 4oz can of lighter fluid.
5. Strike Force steel.
People that are in the know pick this one for SHTF. There are smaller, lighter weight ones but it has a very beefy rod that wont break. You want the
largest diameter rod for long term. The little swedish ones can snap on you once they have been shaved thinner.
Bic warning. Put a couple in an altoids tin with some paper towel to keep them from rattling. I did a 3 mile remote hike and found that the single
lighter I carried, had shifter and the gas had released and it was empty. I tried a bow but there wasn't suitable wood. Thats why they tell you to
take the bow set with you from place to place. after I gave up I found a large rock with a depression and poured stove fuel into it and struck rocks
together for about 5 min to make a good spark. 5 min is a long time to be striking rocks and hoping for the best. It did light, but then again they
were the wrong kind of rocks to get a good spark right away. Like the wood, everywhere out there doesnt supply exactly what you need.
I could have done the 6 mi round trip back to the car for another lighter, but now I know to carry a pretty good set of things.
Im on the fence, but the design and machining is state of the art and has a high enough pressure to use cat tail fluff and decaying wood instead of
having to worry about char cloth. $75 but the design and only needing a couple O rings for repairs.....should last a lifetime or two.
25-5-2011 by Shadowalker because: add info