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Superb kit, easy for kids & adult use WHEN you know how...(instructions),
This review is from: Swedish Army Firesteel (Sports)
I've popped this up on a few sellers review aspects because I use these a lot, & am forever encountering folk who simply cannot fathom them out....
If you cannot use one then you are doing something wrong, VERY wrong.
I have this model & have taught succesive children as young as 5 to use, strike & light a fire with this kit.
1.First off the striker needs to be the right way up for max effect.
2. you need tinder (the phrase is tinder dry)
3. sparks ignite small items not chunks of wood initially, we need to coax a flame.
4 if possible for practise grab a few cosmetic make-up remover pads 9round ones) from the bathroom.
5. Tease the pad till it's wispy but still as one pad.
6. make sure your striker is not on the string (limiting movement & potential)
7. your shaft will improve with age, practise strike technique without making grooves on the length of the shaft (rotate it after a few strikes for even wear) ..exposed silver will make for better sparks compared to a brand new black shaft.
NOTE this doesn't mean removing all the black, it just means practise & observe the difference over time!
8. you need to strike in very close proximity to your fuel & make sure it's out of wind in order that it cannot scatter.
9. hold the striker angled against the shaft (you'll see)
10. pull the shaft away from the striker*
*otherwise you stand every chance of bashing your striker into your tinder, scattering it completely.
11. practise the same with a few more cotton pads before moving onto more fuels & bigger things.
It's all technique, you'll get a sore thumb initially ..but it's a simple knack, so I estimate a good 10 -30 minutes getting your strike technique down (it's addictive) ..which will wear the black off & make for better bigger sparks..
Congratulations fire starter!
Now show your kids, how to learn the knack & respect the flame!
In my own experience this made my child very fire aware & keen to keep safe where a naked flame is, she's not curious about lighters, matches or similar, but she's proud that she can set a fire & cook, she knows to spot good fuel & assemble the basics.
Because sometimes denying kids access to this sort of thing may make them more curious & likely to hurt themselves & others.
These are basic tips not outright user instructions! ..you-tube is also good but uyou may wade through alot of tutorials that are in part erroneous, ..some are good some are lousy.
Ultimately though don't use the striker use the flint as the lighting tool & "draw it back", don't place the flint shaft on the ground & put lots of pressure on it, they may snap, ..again scattering all your tinder material as you thump about, ..using downward striking pressure on the striker (down the shaft) will merely scatter your tinder, so always pull back on the shaft holding the striker still & angled!
follow my technique as a guideline & establish your own way.