A magnesium fire starting tool is an essential part of every survival kit. Start hundreds of fires with a flame source of 5400 Fahrenheit in three easy steps.
1 - Shave narrow side (opposite the black sparking insert) with any knife. the knife blade should be perpendicular to the tool.
2 - Accumulate magnesium shavings into a small pile and place next to the tinder (paper, leaves, small twigs, bark etc.
3 - support edge of tool on ground within 1 inch of magnesium shavings at approximately a 45 degree angle. Scrape the entire length of the sparking insert rapidly. for maximum sparking effect, be sure to hold the knife blade perpendicular to the sparking insert. this action will generate sparks, causing the magnesium shavings to ignite, providing a white hot flame.
Under windy conditions the magnesium shavings should be placed in a depression in the ground. will ignite damp (not wet) combustible materials. Will ignite rubber to create a distress smoke signal. (use tire from your vehicle if necessary to attract aircraft) If tinder is not available, use the following.
- parts of personal clothing (pocket lining, handkerchief, etc)
- Vehicle upholstery
- drain oil from vehicle and place in hubcap, soak rags with oil and ignite. (will also create smoke signal)
- 75 x 35 x10mm
- has hole for attaching to lanyard.