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#277300 - 10/26/15 09:04 PM Nice fire starter engineering
Alex Offline
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Registered: 03/01/07
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Just stumbled upon this little wonder: http://www.survivaldepot.co.uk/product/protool_mag-na-fire But you need to watch the video to the end to see all the tricks it could handle. The price is plain crazy, no doubt, but I think it has a good potential for DIY replication.

#277304 - 10/26/15 11:19 PM Re: Nice fire starter engineering [Re: Alex]
benjammin Offline
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Registered: 02/06/04
Posts: 4020
Loc: Anchorage AK
Quite a nice little package. The price is just plain crazy.
The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly is to fill the world with fools.
-- Herbert Spencer, English Philosopher (1820-1903)

#277307 - 10/27/15 01:39 AM Re: Nice fire starter engineering [Re: benjammin]
EMPnotImplyNuclear Offline

Registered: 09/10/08
Posts: 374
Originally Posted By: benjammin
Quite a nice little package. The price is just plain crazy.

Its an exotic import, from america, $60.45$54.97

#277312 - 10/27/15 06:49 AM Re: Nice fire starter engineering [Re: Alex]
ireckon Offline

Registered: 04/01/10
Posts: 1629
Loc: Northern California
People will buy it. LOL. However, they should figure out how to get the price down. They could sell a lot more. I can't believe that's the right price point for maximum profit.
If you're reading this, it's too late.

#277313 - 10/27/15 07:16 AM Re: Nice fire starter engineering [Re: ireckon]
Herman30 Offline

Registered: 08/08/06
Posts: 379
Loc: Finland


Total sum of perhaps 7 dollars.

#277314 - 10/27/15 07:37 AM Re: Nice fire starter engineering [Re: Alex]
Phaedrus Offline
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Registered: 04/28/10
Posts: 2781
Loc: Big Sky Country
I have a heavy duty construction pencil sharpener from Home Depot in my fire kit. No built in ferro rod but it was only $5 and sits next to my Gobspark Armageddon.
“I'd rather have questions that cannot be answered than answers that can't be questioned.” —Richard Feynman

#277322 - 10/27/15 04:45 PM Re: Nice fire starter engineering [Re: Phaedrus]
JeffMc Offline

Registered: 05/10/15
Posts: 129
Loc: Northwest Florida
Yep. Kum makes a very nice, compact, two sized Mg alloy pencil sharpener for about five bucks on Amazon. I forget where I learned the pencil sharpener trick for making tinder, probably right here, but its a good one.

#277325 - 10/27/15 05:21 PM Re: Nice fire starter engineering [Re: Alex]
Am_Fear_Liath_Mor Offline
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Registered: 08/03/07
Posts: 3078

Because the US Military having knives is just too dangerous and politically incorrect. grin

Are you meant to scrape the Magnesium with the pointy stick?

#277329 - 10/27/15 06:53 PM Re: Nice fire starter engineering [Re: Herman30]
Russ Offline

Registered: 06/02/06
Posts: 5338
I like the metal body on that pencil sharpener. Mine is a plain old plastic model I use for the same purpose; makes great tinder.

#277345 - 10/28/15 02:12 PM Re: Nice fire starter engineering [Re: Alex]
hikermor Offline
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Registered: 08/26/06
Posts: 7367
Loc: southern Cal
Just plain silly.

I recently bought five Bic lighters for $1.80 to renew my stock. Just plain old kitchen matches, kept in a variety of waterproof containers, have worked for me for decades, occasionally in very trying and critical circumstances.

Also for decades, when going out in dicey weather, I have picked up the habit of carrying some sort of stove. This makes a lot of sense, especially if you have enough fuel.....
Geezer in Chief

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