Survival Hax Tactical LED Pen with Glass Breaker and Fire Starter Review

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I was sent this Survival Hax Tactical LED Pen for review and I can say that I was pleasantly surprised at the quality. For starters, it came well protected in a foam case: And here’s the pen outside the package for a better view: I can say that when I first grabbed the pen it … Continue reading “Survival Hax Tactical LED Pen with Glass Breaker and Fire Starter Review”

The Only EDC Fire Starter That Works In The Wind And Rain

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The Only EDC Fire Starter That Works In The Wind And Rain

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Ask any survival instructor for their favorite fire-starting method, and you may get an answer that’s pretty far out there. By “far out there,” I mean that it’s going to be something that most people won’t know about. Somehow, survival instructors tend to collect fire-starting techniques and like showing their students the most unusual.

I’ve seen many different fire-starting techniques in my years — many of which seem only to have been developed to allow the instructor to have something that nobody else has. That doesn’t mean that the idea is easy or even practical; but in the right circumstances, it might be the only thing you can do.

Of course, you never know what circumstances you might find yourself in and what materials you might have available. That’s why it’s useful to be able to start a fire with a bow drill, with the parabolic reflector of a car’s headlight, or by carving a lens out of solid ice. But to tell you the truth, I wouldn’t want to depend on any of those, unless I had no other choice.

The Problem With Most Fire Starters

For that matter, I really don’t want to have to depend on a ferro rod, a credit card-sized Fresnel lens or some of the other methods marketed as “survival fire starters.” As far as I’m concerned, they all have one thing in common: They’re too hard to use.

I’m not saying that because I’m lazy, no matter how much it seems that way, but because in a survival situation, I can’t afford to waste time. I might need that fire right now to keep myself from getting hypothermia; and even if I don’t, there are a lot of other survival tasks that need my time. Unless needed, I don’t want to waste the time it takes to make myself a bow drill or to carve that block of ice.

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The other important issue, that goes hand-in-hand with time, is dexterity. As your body temperature drops, so do your fine motor skills. So, if you are depending on a method that takes too long to accomplish, you’re in a race against your own body. You’ve got to get it done while you still can, or it will be too late.

At the same time, there’s another thing to consider; that is the weather. Anyone who carries waterproof matches or even stormproof matches understands that you may very well be trying to start your fire in the rain or in the wind, both of which will work against you. Any method which doesn’t account for that is likely to fail you when you need it the most.

OK, so what’s the solution?

Let me start by laying out the basic criteria that I believe any primary fire starter much have:

  • It must be easy to use.
  • It must be fast.
  • It must work in the rain.
  • It must work in the wind.
  • It must be able to start a lot of fires.

At first glance, that list may hit you as impossible to fulfill with one single device.

It’s Not Matches …

Matches won’t fulfill that list, even though there are some absolutely excellent waterproof and stormproof matches. But the problem with matches has always been that they are a finite resource. No matter how many waterproof match containers you carry, you’re going to run out of matches, and I don’t know anyone who carries more than two.

The only thing that fulfills all the requirements that I laid out is a butane lighter. But not just any butane lighter will do. The average disposable light you can pick up at your local convenience store won’t do. While the average one fulfills several of those criteria, it won’t work when it’s windy. So, you must have some way of shielding it from the wind, which isn’t easy to do, or you must have something else to use when it is windy.

However, there are refillable butane lighters, which are known as “stormproof lighters.” These use a piezo-electric igniter which continues to strike as long as you are holding the gas valve open. So even if you use it in the middle of a hurricane, once it ignites, it can’t be blown out. It will just keep reigniting itself.

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There are only two problems with these stormproof lighters.

But Will it Light in Cold Weather?

The first is that the ones designed for survival are a bit pricey, especially when compared to the one you can buy at the corner convenience store. But there are other piezo-electric lighters on the market, which sell considerably cheaper than the survival ones. The only real difference is that the case on these is much prettier, as they are intended to be carried and used for lighting cigars and pipes.

The second problem is that like any other butane lighter, the butane tends to liquefy in the cold. So, if you are out in the cold and needing to start a fire, the gas won’t flow and the lighter won’t light. That sounds like it disqualifies the lighter, doesn’t it? But not if you keep it inside your clothes, where it is kept warm by your body heat. In that case, the butane will flow just fine.

So, go ahead and keep collecting esoteric fire-starting techniques, just in case. But to keep yourself from having to depend on them, buy yourself a butane lighter with a piezo-electric striker. Make that one your EDC fire starter and you’ll be much more secure.

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Vaseline & Cotton Balls – the Perfect Fire Starter?

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Vaseline & Cotton Balls – the Perfect Fire Starter? One of the most critical parts of survival is the warmth, protection and cooking ability of a fire. There is no other part of your survival arsenal that will provide you with as much as fire will. It can protect you from the cold, protect you …

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Inferno: Ten Facts You Should Know About Fire

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fire_flame_facts_top_tenFire can be a beautiful thing to behold; knowing how to make fire is an essential skill that kick-started the next phase of human evolution, and it’s been keeping us alive ever since. As majestic as it is, fire is equally dangerous and will become deadly if unprepared. Fire can cross your path in several forms: As a way to create warmth; to send a signal; to prepare food and boil water; it can be as simple as lighting a cigarette or a campfire, or you can be faced with the wrong end of a ranging forest fire.

By Alex Coyne, a contributing author of Survival Cache & SHTFBlog

Here’s what you should know about fire…

The three elements of fire.

This is basic high school science, yet something a lot of people discard when in an emergency. Fire needs heat, fuel and an oxidizing agent to burn. This is known as the Fire Triangle, and it’s vital when you’re making a fire or trying to kill one. (Fire needs 16% oxygen to burn; the air around us contains approximately 21%).

Have a fire starter kit.

Fire starter kits are cheap and there are thousands available for order on the internet; take a look at some of the options on Amazon.com and make sure that you have one as part of your survival kit. You’d rather have it and not need it, right?

If you make your own fire starters, do it carefully.

Many frugal survivalists prefer to make their own fire starter kits at home instead of buying them. That’s great, as long as you do it safely. (One of the most disastrous examples I’ve seen was an enthusiast who made his own portable kit in a small tin, then placed it next to the fire: It heated up, and the results should be relatively obvious. Store combustibles safely. It’s fire. Be careful).

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Don’t rely on matches.

Matches are a go-to for many avid campers, but it could also be their biggest mistake. Yes, there are ways to light wet matches – take a look at this article on WikiHow to see how – but that is not a chance you can afford to take when it’s your survival being put at risk. You’ll very likely be safer with a flint fire starter kit.

Certain woods are poisonous when burned.

poison_sumacKnow how to identify different types of woods, and know which are poisonous when burned. Novice fire starters often collect any wood they can find for their fire, only to be told by the locals later that they should have stayed away from it – or, in the worst-case scenario, serious illness or death occurs. Some include Elder wood, poison Sumac, and poison oak. Illness or death can occur from fumes, and any food prepared over a poison-wood fire could kill you.

Know how to treat a burn.

Common remedies for treating a burn include the application of some sort of fat or oil: Mayonnaise, butter, cooking oil or margarine. DON’T. This literally adds fuel to the burn, and it can lead to anything from infection to grilling your burn wound like a steak. Emergency guides generally recommend immediate cooling of the burn until help can be found – cold, sterile water. Have burn gel as part of your emergency kit, always.

Putting out fires are different.

Depending on what kind of fire you’re looking at, the way you put it out differs. Never grab the nearest thing and throw it on the fire; in many cases, that’s going to be an accelerant like alcohol, petrol or paraffin. (Also, never pour water on an oil fire. You’ll turn a fire into an inferno). Have a fire extinguisher handy, and keep baking soda and sand nearby. Remember how fire has three elements? Remove its oxygen.

Related: Six Steps to Harden Your Home Against Fire

Don’t forget smoke inhalation.

top_facts_smoke_fireIn most house and forest fires, the cause of death isn’t being burned alive, but smoke inhalation. Symptoms can include a dry cough, dizziness, nausea and potentially coughing up blood. Go down, because heat travels upwards and smoke tends to be less dense at the bottom. Fire can also be dangerous in other ways, like falling debris and burning embers.

Burnt food is carcinogenic; keep an eye on that fire!

Hone your barbeque skills at home when you’re not in a survival situation: Learn the tricks behind fish versus chicken versus beef; you can even bake on an open fire if you know how. Keep in mind that when food burns, acrylamide forms – this is a carcinogenic and obviously dangerous to your health.

Putting out camp and food fires are essential.

Put simply and in the words of an anthropomorphic bear, only you can prevent forest fires. Always make sure your fire is properly extinguished (and a fire that looks dead isn’t always), never leave a fire unattended and don’t put your tents, sleeping bags, gear or combustibles too close to the fire. Sand is your best friend for putting out smaller fires, so always keep a bucket or two nearby.

Send us your best fire starting tips for in the field (or at home) through the comments.

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How To Start a Fire After It Has Rained

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How To Start a Fire After It Has Rained While it may seem very difficult to get a fire started after it’s rained, if you don’t live in an incredibly humid place, learning the skill of getting a fire running while conditions are still pretty wet is actually not too bad. Being able to light …

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The TOP 11 Gifts For the Skeptical Prepper

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Written By Mike Harris

With the Holidays fast approaching I know how frustrating it can be trying to get loved ones the perfect gifts that is not only practical but will benefit them in ways a flashy pretty piece of jewelry or a cool video game can’t. Having first hand experience with getting high dollar prepping items for non-preppers who not only don’t appreciate them but also shake their head in disdain is a feeling all to familiar to me. So here I have compiled a list of 11 gift ideas under $50 that can put that loved one in a better predicament of preparedness without them even knowing it. This list is non-excusive that will make for great gift ideas for both guys and gals of all ages!

 

  1. Portable Power pack

Portable Power packs come in all shapes, sizes, colors and capacities. I have found these not only extremely well received by non-preppers but unprecedented by most in the overall preparedness value it brings. The typical IPhone battery is about 2,000 mah of power. With power packs ranging from 2,000 mah to the 50,000 “All Powers” external power pack. The user can charge their portable electronics many times over. Not only are their uses for small electronics great but also they provide so much diversity in regards to their many colors, sizes and applications. Giving your loved ones the ability to meet all their small electronic needs is a huge prepping multiplier! We all know inclimate weather, terrorism, earthquakes, accidents, and overall disaster will happen it’s never been a matter of if but when. According to Current statistics there are over 260 million cell phone users in the United States of America! With this knowledge in mind equip your loved ones with the ability to send that text message, write that tweet, updated that Facebook status, hash tag their ideas, post that controversial idea, record that memorable moment. But most importantly give them the life saving power they need to get in contact with Emergency services and loved ones in the event something goes wrong! You will be happier and can rest assured knowing you have set them up for success.

 

  1. Foldable solar panel

Small foldable solar panels are not only “hipster and progressive” in many aspects but provide a wealth of preparedness capabilities unparalleled in many respects. Not only do these solar panels provide an unlimited amount of electricity when the sun is out but are very easy to store and user friendly to use. Requiring virtually no maintenance upkeep, they can be that lifeline you can depend on when everything around you is falling apart. They can be used and implemented anywhere at anytime as long as there is light. Even under bad forecast they can provide you the life saving power you or someone you know may need in the event of a disaster.  Now couple this with an external power pack (Apple Product Power Pack) and now you have an unlimited power source that can keep you off grid indefinitely! You will be hard pressed to find something that brings more independence and stress free living then being able to personally provide for all your small electronic power needs free from the power grid!

 

 

  1. Solar flash light/ Lantern

Light more often then not is something that is taken for granted by the average person. Fortunately most of us live in a world where we can flip and switch and magically we have light. While this is ideal it’s not always the case when disaster strikes. Solar Lighting not only gives the user the ability to have light where they may otherwise not have it but also allows them to have lighting abilities indefinitely because they are not susceptible to depleted disposable batteries, or oil sources like what we see with traditional flashlights and oil lanterns. Natural sunlight light can be taken advantage of during the day and can be used at night. Also like the already mentioned items many of them have the ability to be also used as an external power pack giving them more then one use. We don’t realize the importance of light until the light goes out and we hear that boom in the middle of the night! Remember two is one, one is none. To see the capabilities these light devices have check out my product review.

 

  1. Cutting Tools

When you say cutting tools you are referring to a broad diverse spectrum of “sharp objects”. This was done purposely every one is different and requires different types of cutting tools. What I would give a college sorority girl that drives a Toyota corolla and has no preparedness inclination versus an avid hunter that drives a lifted 4×4 truck and stays off the beaten path for days at a time is going to be different in style and ergonomics; but the methodology and application will be very similar. Examples for a self-defense situation I would be more inclined to give a college sorority girl a “Honeycomb Hairbrush concealed stiletto dagger” or a “Cat personal safety key chain”. They are complete concealable very fashionable that can go with any purse or outfit. These items will provide a quick control for an unprecedented attack while serving primarily as an everyday use item. While for my avid hunter, Military, or EMS person I might give a “SOG Fast-hawk Hatchet” that can be used as a self defense tool, extrication device, wood cutting tool etc. As you can see cutting tools have a wide range of styles and uses that can serve a diverse array of preparedness needs without coming across as such.

 

  1. Portable water filter

Portable water filters are one of those small cheap out of sight out of mind water applications that quite frankly will at a minimum sustain life! These make a perfect gift for all people regardless of age, gender, or lifestyle. I can say from personal experience being well traveling around the world these have been a game changer. Being in other countries where the tap water was considered unsafe due to viruses and bacteria I never had to worry about where I got my drinking water. Especially with products like the “Sawyer mini Water Filter” that will easily screw onto any commercial water bottle I was able to fill up my bottle (from any local water source) attach the filter and keep moving without any fear of contracting any water borne illnesses. Most commercial portable water filters on the market today will remove over 99% of all bacteria, such as salmonella, cholera and E.coli and remove over 99% of all protozoa elements such as Giardia and Cryptosporidium. The “Sawyer Mini Water Filter” Claims it can filter up to 100,000 gallons and weighs only 2 ounces. According to science the average adult human body is 50-65% water. On average the every day American family uses about 80-100 gallons of water per day. While this is taking other water usages into calculation one can still see the importance of water especially when considering that in a disaster the average person will be expending more calories and using more water. No matter where you are whether that be in a local park, traveling in another country, or in the safety of ones home drinking clean potable water is an absolute necessity and water is unequivocally the giver of life! Make having clean and potable water a necessity!

 

  1. Waterproof speakers with external charging capabilities

The waterproof speakers with external charging capabilities are what gets the person from the sidelines into the action in regards to preparedness. This is a gateway preparedness gift. Regardless if you are an NCAA Cheerleader, Surfer, camper, Military Service member, or the everyday person the ability to access to and have all their music and electronic needs met is an extremely good selling point. According to a Nielsen’s Music 360 2014 study, 93% of the U.S. population listens to music, spending more than 25 hours each week jamming out to their favorite tunes. The waterproof speakers encourage the user to take their lives off the beaten path, to push beyond the realms of their typical everyday habits. The external charging capabilities give the user an added layer of support and comfort being outside in those environments. Now add a foldable solar panel and the possibilities for adventures off the beaten path are endless. It’s much easier to engage someone in a “what if” scenario or talk about preparedness if your already off the beaten path, outside the “safety confines” of the power grid simultaneously creating your own endless energy while listening to their favorite music. I’m just saying!

 

 

  1. Seed Bank/Plant

Seeds and plants are one of the only prep “gifts” that will give back in dividends that will exceed the initial cost. Being able to take a handful of seeds or a plant and create an endless life-sustaining ecosystem is truly beyond words. Permaculture does more then just provides a means by which to feed ones self. Permaculture in many respects is one of the most rewarding pursuits we can do as human beings. Giving us the ability to create and take care of life, being independent of the corporate bureaucracy of Big Ag, and allows one to create their own sustainable paradigm. The lessons gained from the successes and losses of growing.  Not to mention the invaluable skill set that has been slowly taken out of our modern day society. Living in a day and age where we have become so dependent on a system that could careless the consequences of their actions and practices should worry us all. So stay one step ahead of chaos get someone you care about a small seed variety pack, or a tomato plant. If you really like them get them a moringa tree!

 

 

  1. Multi-Tool

Multi-Tools are invaluable to anyone, they provide hundreds of functions and are more compact then wallet or small makeup case. Yet it provides the essentials to most day-to-day maintenance. Whether we are talking about opening a bottle or performing a plumbing task using pliers and a cutting tool. The Multi-Tool is a silent hero; it can be carried as an EDC or left in the glove box of a vehicle until needed. It’s a jack-of-all-trades but master of none. You won’t necessarily build a house with it but it can get you out of pretty much any tight situation you might find yourself in. To top it off, in modern day 2016 Multi-Tools are no longer big bulky steel bricks carried in the same old leather or webbing straps. They come in all styles, colors, and designs. They even have bracelet Multi-Tools

 

 

  1. Hand-Crank Emergency Power Source

I’ll let you choose what features are important to you but having a power source independent of another source but your will is absolute by its own definition!  We don’t get to choose when disaster will strike, or how it strikes, or what is affected. What we can do is decide for ourselves how prepared we will be. Having the ability to provide an indefinite amount of light, power, and communication etc. day and night is what preparedness is all about. How many times have we looked down at our cell phone and realized we at minimum battery life now, now throw a wrench in your charging plan. That’s where these device swoop in to save the day. Many Hand-Crank Emergency Power Sources charge at the same rate as plugging it into a wall outlet. So in a few minutes you can bring a phone back from the dead regardless of the time, emergency, or situation you find yourself in!

 

 

  1. Emergency Car Kit

Do you know a loved one with a vehicle? Do they have an Emergency Kit in their vehicle? If they don’t they are wrong and so are you! In the United States alone, approximately 7 tire punctures occur every second, resulting in 220 million flat tires per year. Approximately 50% of Americans don’t know how to change a tire. I could talk to you for days on this subject but at the end of the day one must ask him or her self some simple questions. In an emergency situation will you depend on technology (AAA), the kindness of a stranger, or empower your self and loved ones to be self-sufficient?  I can’t tell you how many people I have helped that have found themselves broke down on the side of the road. It breaks my heart because I know somewhere down the line they were failed! Don’t fail your self or your loved ones. Give them and yourself the tools for success and most importantly train them to do the basics!

 

 

  1. Candles/Fire-Starter

Last but certainly not least we have candles and fire starters. I put these two in the same category because they go together very interchangeably. For the record U.S. retail sales of candles are estimated at approximately $3.2 billion annually, excluding sales of candle accessories (Source: Mintel, 2015). Candles are used in 7 out of 10 U.S. households, and are seen as an acceptable gift by both mean and women. Not to mention Candles come in an endless variety of shapes, sizes and uses. We see this from votive to floating candles to those that are used in religious and ritual like settings.

Regardless of why or how you use candles the ability to hold a flame is paramount in a disaster situation! So if holding a flame is paramount starting a flame is essential. Now I’m not advocating going out and getting everyone a Ferrocerium rod bush craft kit with char cloth all included. Nor am I saying go out and get your 19 year old college sorority daughter a pack of cheap plastic Bic lighters either. The great thing about fire starters now-a-days is that they come in all styles and colors. You have the Colibri Scepter lighter that looks like a tube of lipstick for the ladies to the custom Harley Davidson zippo for the seasoned veteran biker. In my humble opinion I would say that candles and fire starters are not only the easiest, and least expensive gifts to give but will arguable be, the first thing one reaches for in the event of a disaster. The ability to have a lite candle not only helps our physical needs in regards to light and heat. But the psychological ones are just as important if not more. The flame’s soft illumination reaches the soul; it can deliver hope and instill a calming relief.  This coupled the aromatherapy of a scented candle can literally make all the difference in a disaster setting!

 

This completes my Top 11 gifts for your non-prepper friends and family. While the old slogan “it’s the thought that counts” may resonate with a lot of people it’s important to realize that your feelings and thoughts won’t be the deciding factor in who lives and who dies. Their ability to react logically and swiftly with the right tools will be the deciding factor. While you may not be able to control ones actions you can equip them with the right tools and get the brain working in the preparedness mindset without them even realizing it and that is the purpose of this article.

I can tell you from personal experience when I realized this reality. I was there when the May 3rd Tornado hit the Midwest in 1999. Not only do I remember the destruction that it left in its wake in my small Cleveland County, Oklahoma town. I remember my mother reaching under the bathroom sink to grab three candles so she could provide just a little light to her 3 confused and frightened boys. I remember her lighting these candles she had received as a gift. I don’t remember who gave them to her, but I can tell you I will never forget the smell of that first apple cider candle she lite, nor will I forget the impact of what a simple candle can do for a small frightened family in a ravaged home. I don’t personally think that individual who gave us those candles envisioned the scenario that they would be used for. Nor do I believe they knew the impact that such a small gift would have on someone’s life. But what I can say unequivocally was that small flame ignited hope, determination, and most importantly a quenching desire to seek knowledge on all that is preparedness and to teach others everything I can. So wherever you may be, wherever life might I have taken you I want to say from the bottom of my heart; Thank You.

I hope you guys enjoyed this article, I hope to bring you more content in the future.

 

Author bio

Mike Harris is a full time RV’r spending the last couple years traveling not only the country but all over the world. Being a 4th generation sailor he has not only operated all over the world but grew up experiencing the rich diversities that make this world great but also a dangerous place. He is still Active duty he is a Search and Rescue Corpsman (Flight Medic) and an Aerospace Medical Technician.  His preparedness and desire for sustainability are deep rooted in reality. Having to endure and face catastrophe is not just a job description but also his personal mission. He has trained both local and federal agencies as well a foreign. He done real life missions he was there during hurricane Sandy and was also apart of the 2515th NAAD. When not working or prepping you can find him traveling the country in his RV, hiking off the beaten path or enjoying much needed catch up time with friends and family. You can catch his adventures on his YouTube channel.

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Fire Starter Kit

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One prep I find very useful this season is a fire starter kit.  It’s particularly helpful when camping with a light rainfall or in the morning when the dew sets in.  My experience has taught me that when tinder is damp starting a fire canRead More

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Quickest Way to Start a Fire

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Building a fire may look easy but for most people it takes some practice.  The quickest way to start a fire is with a fire starter!  Fire starters are designed to start quickly, burn hot, and last for a couple of minutes.  This allows tree branches that are placed […]

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How To Identify the Best Fire Starter

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How To Identify the Best Fire Starter When it comes to getting a fire going, whether it’s in your fireplace at home or at your camping site in the middle of the woods, you want something else to rely on other than matches. That’s why you should have the best fire starter on your side …

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USA Made Fire Steel: Have You Tried it?

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Recently I went to a preparedness convention in Georgia and had a great time. I was very impressed with a lot of the booths that were set up, but I have to tell you about one of my favorites, the Fire Steel Booth with Georgia Pyro.

I have seen a LOT of fire starters in my day and have tried many different kinds. This one takes the cake. What drew me to his booth was the amount of sparks I saw flying from one strike, but also the size of the sparks. They were HUGE!

So I started asking questions about their product and found out some very interesting things. For starters, they are USA hand made right here in Georgia, but also that their fire starters produce an amazing amount of 3000 degree sparks and their magnesium burns at 5000 degrees. WET or DRY and their larger rods give over 20,000 strikes!

Their scrapers are 1/4″ square high speed steel tool Bits. They are very sharp and very easy to strike. So much so that you can actually use it to scrape wood shavings to use as tinder. David Bailey demonstrates in the videos below.

Look at all those sparks!

Starting a Fire with Cotton

Scraping Off Tinder

If you want to see for yourself, he has a list of shows he will be at on his website. There are nothing but outstanding reviews there as well. We purchased the fire block at the show but will be getting the Tiger Maple one soon to add to my husbands bag. I can not stress enough that you will not be disappointed in this product. You guys know me, if it is USA made I’m all about it. Especially if it is done by an individual verses a corporation. I personally prefer supporting the little guys. 🙂

Check David Baily out at GeorgiaFireSteel.com and let us know what you think!!

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Are Homemade Fire Starters Better?

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Are Homemade Fire Starters Better? There are a lot of posts going around the internet about homemade fire starters! Some use wood shavings, others use cardboard, and there is usually some kind of binding material added. With all of the options for fire starters from the store, why would anyone make their own if they …

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EDC For Black Scout Survival (Video & Transcript)

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EDC For Black Scout Survival

Hey this is Tyler with T Jack survival and today I am going to demo my little survival kit. This is the smallest one that I have. I have a bunch of little kits. One is a fire kit, survival kit, communications kit, and for the channel Black Scout Survival he has asked me to do this little kit. So stay tuned.”

“So a quick little discussion on the concepts behind what you should do or what you should use to put inside of your EDC kit. Now first off, it needs to be small, okay. This little kit I can just grab and put in the pocket of my pant leg. I can leave it in another bag. I can throw it in my work bag with my lunch. I can do a lot of stuff with it because it is so small and mobile.”

“The second thing is it needs to be able either cover or assist you in covering the major survivor related items. Fire, water, shelter, food. In addition to that I like to add communication, security, and power for communication and possibly observation. Communication is going to be your cell phone, HAM radio or something like that.”

“Power for communication is going to be a battery pack, a solar panel, a solar panel with a battery pack back up that triple charges or some way for you to continue to power your devices.”

“Security is going to be a knife, a pistol or something to keep the animals off of you or from attacking you that usually can double as a good hunting tool. So I’ve got communication, power, and security. The other ones are fairly self-explanatory. Fire is incredibly important. You can’t do anything without fire for the most part. You need it to boil water. Eventually when your tools like your filters or chemical purification runs out it always comes back to water boiling. That is your basis, your fall back for everything. So, fire needs to be there to boil water, you need it for heat, you need it for a friend, you need it to cook food. Sometimes you need it to boil certain plants to gain the nutrients from there. So fire is incredibly important. That is why I have a couple different versions of fire in my kit.”

“When it comes to a kit, you don’t always just have to be fire, water, shelter, food. The things that you need to use on a regular basis like a pen and paper. That’s not fire, water, shelter and food. Yeah I can grind up my paper and catch it on fire but it’s not really its original intent. However, it is incredible useful. It’s something I use all the time writing down notes, description’s, leave pictures of dead fall or a figure four or a loaded spring trap or whatever trap that you want. You can put that all on your paper. You can burn your paper if you need to but if you don’t need to then you’ve got it.”

“Another item that is not as good, the little peanut lighter that I have in my bag is not as good a fire starter for me as that striker is because that striker, I am very successful with that striker on a regular basis but that little peanut lighter doesn’t always work. However, I keep it in there because it is good to have a flame back up. When you make your EDC kit don’t just focus on survival but look at things that you can use that is useful. Maybe allergy medication, Visine eye drops, Chap Stick, extra batteries. I have a larger kit that has extra batteries and a head lamp in it. I don’t have that in this kit because I just never need it. I’ve always got in my larger kits the flash lights and stuff. It is a true survival situation let your eyeballs adjust to the moonlight and drive on. I’ve done plenty of forest marches at night with no lights at all. It is completely doable.”

“Anyways, that is just the basic concept that I wanted to give you on your kit. Get your fire, water, shelter, food and if you have a large enough kit cover, communication, power for communication and security. Oh and I’m sorry, the last one, observation. A pair of binoculars or a way to hide your self is observation. Either see or be seen. If you’ve got some money maybe some night vision googles. It’s a military concept I’m bringing in anyways.”

“Use the little kits to assist the larger kits. Use your little kit in conjunction with the canteen cup and poncho. Or a bigger kit that’s got MREs and food and a rifle and all that other fun stuff. But truly, if you have the right skill set you don’t need any of the gear but it’s not about need it’s about “Man I wish I had a go lock to chop this tree down instead of this rock.” Or its about, ”Man I wish I had some chemical purification so I can just drop it in and go so I don’t have to sit here and make a fire and boil my water.” So try and find the items that give the absolute most bang for the buck that are small and will fit in your small kit.”

“So I’ve got this Maxpedition hard use gear bag right here and there is a fatty and a mini. This one is the mini. I don’t remember the full name of it. It’s the mini something. And there is a couple of things that I like to have in my actual EDC survival kit. I am constantly doing stuff with my 550 cord.”

 

“So I’ve got this little guy right here called a peanut lighter. Now the peanut lighter is just a baby Zippo. There we’ve got the spark and the little wick and then it’s just got fuel on the bottom. You can just pull it out like that and that will give you the ability to add more fuel to the bottom of this. It’s just Zippo fuel. I would have quite literally a Zippo fuel tank right here that I’ve attached to it on the key chain. Then fortunately this guy has a O-ring there so I can tighten it up. I can get the stuff to align. It won’t lose all its juice. One of the biggest failures of a Zippo light is that if you leave it for a long period of time it will evaporate and run out of juice. So I’ve got back up juice and then I’ve got the juice in there.”

“Another thing I’ve got in there is Chap Stick. Not only is it good for your lips it can also be added to dry kindling right. Then you can put a spark on that and it works as a mini candle. So if you’ve got some dry grass or something you can always add this to it. Then I have fire pistons in my kit that is dedicated to teaching fire. And it is a really good way to lubricate the O-ring on a fire piston. So I leave that in there as well.”

“My primary fire starter is this ESEE Ferro Rod. It’s got, the reason why I really like this one the most. First off that’s a big fat chunk of Ferrocerium steel right there, but secondarily its got a really nice compass in there. So that’s a really nice secondary item to have. Now what I’ve done is added in the back of this cotton and petroleum jelly. The cotton works as a wick and the petroleum jelly burns. A little close up there. With this cotton and petroleum jelly all I have to do is take a pinch of it, spread it out, hit that with a spark and I’ve got anywhere from a one to five minute flame that I can use to light my kindling. On this is a big, huge O-ring on the inside of there that is replaceable that keeps everything dry but fortunately cotton and petroleum jelly, you can get it damp, you can even get it wet and it’ll still take a spark as long as you just flip all the water off it.”

 

“Alright this little guy, this little snake, is just a high carbon steel and this is an ember lit fire striker. An Ember Lit Fire Striker. He’s got a lot of cool designs. This one he just added, it’s the same design as the old school hand forged stuff but it’s got a cool little rattle snake on it. I really like this one; it’s one of my more favorite ones. (Demonstration) You can see a couple sparks coming off there. I can see them, its daylight though so I’m not sure if you can. So all I do is add a little char cloth to that. When I carry that I have a little Altoids tin with char cloth in it that I add to it. So I’ve got a rock, a little striker.”

“This is a nice little back up. It doesn’t add a lot of weight. Basically what this guy is, is a razor and a saw. A little hack saw. The hacksaw is nice. It’s kind of a mechanism you can use to cut out of hand cuffs if you need to. I happen to use it to put a notch in my bow drill but it’s really nice having that super light back up in there. So I just throw it in there.”

“One other thing, since this kit usually supplements stuff, like as an example the thing I am supplementing today is my Faullkniven blade. An F1. I always got a knife on me. So when you’re carrying a knife a good thing to have in your EDC is a way to sharpen it. The owner of Faullkniven Knife, Pete, sent me a sharpening stone here. There is a Faullkniven knife and D/C stone. This one is phenomenal because it has a soft stone and a diamond stone. That way you can change the grit. You can grind through with your diamond stone and then finish off with your soft stone and that gives you a lot of options for in the field sharpening.”

“For my signaling device I have a little signaling mirror. It’s just a little SOL signaling mirror. Get a view of that. It’s got the little signaling piece in the middle. There’s a bunch of ways you can run your signaling mirror it’s also nice to be able to use it as a normal mirror for shaving or whatever you want. This is also a type of polymer so it’s not going to crack. It’s not an actual piece of glass. I really like that cause it will handle some abuse. I’ll leave this in its bag and slam that back in there.”

“On this far side, I’ve got 2 pens a write in the rain notebook because I always want to write stuff down. I’m not gonna open that and show you what’s in there but I’ve got pictures of traps, phone numbers, and I’ve got GPS coordinates that I wanted to save. Just always stuff you can do with a little write in the rain memo pad. Paper can be used for kindling. It’s a super multi use.”

 

“The final thing I’ve got in here is a pick kit. It’s just really nice to have access to a pick kit. This is a very versatile kit. I have stuff for vehicles, stuff for houses, and stuff for little locks. I even have a broken key removing device right here. So what you can do with a kit like this is gain access to old, broken down abandon things. You can get back in your own stuff that you’ve locked yourself out of. You can help people who have locked themselves out of things. This requires some skills associated with it. You don’t just buy this kit and wiggle around and make it work, but if you check on Black Scout Survivals YouTube Channel he has some really solid explanations of how to use these tools. This is a professional version of it but there is also his version which is the small Bogota kit. I have those in my wallet and I love them. They are titanium and they are strong and capable of doing a lot of different things with it.”

“So this is my basic EDC kit. This is the stuff that I just want to keep together in a bundle that I carry. I’ll leave this in my back pack or my bag. In all reality if I go to the field with just this kit, a solid knife, a canteen and a canteen cup, and a poncho and a poncho liner or just a poncho depending on the weather I can survive in just about anything. So I can make a shelter, I can wrap this up and sleep in it, I can hide from people with it; I can collect water with this device. I can boil water in this, I can cook food in it and pour it into my canteen and transport it. I can use normal water put it in my canteen and use a quarter of my tablets, cause I have to have the measurement correct and then I can just chlorinate the water. I can put it in this little container and attach it to my belt and then get this container wet and use evaporative cooling to make sure my water stays wet in the dessert. That is awesome to have. My knife, I’m not even gonna explain what you can do with a knife, you all know that. I just happen to have this guy right here. This is the Bark River Parang. This thing is awesome. You can whip out a shelter with this thing in about a half an hour to an hour. So much faster blowing through the wood than it is using a small knife. Not that it can’t be done, but if you need a basic survival kit that’s complete, that’s it right there. In conjunction with wearing the right amount of clothing, that is all you need in your little set up survival kit.”

“When I made this video I had the intention that showed the stuff that I really use and I grabbed the three things that I normally grab when I am going out by myself and I’m not filming stuff. This is what I’ll take with me. Normally I have a hatchet instead of this Parang because this parang is brand new to me but for certain stuff it is going to replace that hatchet. This is my actual use kit. This is what I take to the field or when I’m hiking. This is my kit.”

 

“Thank you for watching this video. Please subscribe to T-Jack Survival which is my channel. T J-A-C-K and to Black Scout Survival which you should be watching this video on and thanks for your time guys.”

 

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Steel Wool an Incredible Alternative to Char Cloth

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Steel Wool Fire Starter

Steel Wool is inexpensive, lightweight and is a much better alternative to char cloth when used for making fires. Steel wool takes a spark just as easily as char cloth but burns a lot hotter than char cloth and can even be used if it gets wet.

Another plus to steel wool is that you can use batteries to ignite it. So check out this excellent video by The Outdoor Gear Review to see how well it works and throw some in your fire kit because you never know when it might come in handy.

 

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Product Review – Live Fire fire starter

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Live Fire Fire Starter

Tis the season, and this camping lover finally got a chance to scratch that itch and get out into the bush. And what a great opportunity to try out – in real circumstances – some of the gear that I’ve come across recently. I’d like to report back my findings on Live Fire. 

According to the manufacturer – Live Fire is a compact, all weather, waterproof fire starter that takes a spark from a ferrocerium rod, lighter or match even after being submerged in water for extended periods of time. From first looks, I’ve got no problem with what they’ve said.

But now to the report. First some background. It was my son and I, and we decided to get into the deep back country with some friends of ours. My young son is not one for sleeping in, and so at 6 am we were both awake. The weather could not have been more perfect those few days we were out.  25 – 30 degrees in the daytime and about 15 at night. So we were chilly waking up – nothing a sweater couldn’t handle though.

Yet, what do you do first thing you wake up when you are camping, regardless of if you need to? Light a fire. Yep. So we drove to a local stock pile and picked up a load full of wood. We prepared a little bit of kindling and prepared the wood in the pit. I then pulled out my Live Fire, pulled off the plastic wrap and opened the lid. The innards looked and smelled like fire starter.

Live Fire Fire Starter
Scratched the surface a little to expose the fibers

I didn’t bring a striker rod – just matches. So pretty excited here goes match #1 –  nope, no go. Put the match right up to the Live fire until the match nearly burnt my finger. The match had no effect on the Live Fire. Hmmm… that was not cool. Let’s try again. Match #2 – same thing… I’m embarrassed to say, but 10 matches later with no progress I decided I had better read the instructions. And what do you know – your suppose to open the lid (did that) and fluff up the fire starter to expose the fibers (whoops). Wow, now I’m really embarrassed. Good thing my friend who I’m suppose to impress with all my cool gear is still sleeping! 

Ok, round #2 – fluffed up the fibers with a random stick. Match #11 – we have action! So technically I’m going to call that match #1 having read the instructions and now doing this for ‘real’.  Wink.

The Live fire lit up great, I had the container open about half way, it didn’t need to be to get it going, but regardless. So, once it was lit, I put it under my kindling and it did it’s job great. A few seconds later and my fire was booming. I pulled the Live fire out of the fire, closed the lid and extinguished the fire in the canister. Ready to go for next time. And I did use it over and over again, probably 5 times over the course of this expedition, and it’s got lots of use left in it yet.

I did notice that the canister did get warm, so I wouldn’t recommend leaving it in the fire past the point of the fire being self sustaining, or you may not be able to get it out without gloves.

Overall experience – Loved it and would recommend it 100%. The Live Fire lit amazing (let’s not mention the not reading the instructions mishap – ok) and performed great. My thoughts were that this would do great in situations where you either didn’t have much kindling, where your kindling was wet,  where you were just to lazy to find / make some, or if you were in a hurry to get your fire up and running.

The Live Fire acts as a booster. It’s like having 100 matches burning all at once, so you can get a fire going harder and faster much quicker. And yet you don’t burn your fingers. I highly recommend this stuff for your camping bag, your 72 hour kit, and your bug out bag.

Live Fire is also available in a 550 Paracord format where a strand of fire starter is built right into the cord. Great to make into lanyards, zipper pulls, and bracelets for multi-purpose use. I’ve tried that version too, and I love how well it lights. Happy Fire Making!

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