Striking flint against steel is an ages old, simple and effective way to create the much needed sparks to start a fire when out in the wilds. You can use flint steel fire starters on a wide range of dry materials like dry cloth, natural tinder or my favorite cotton balls.
If you have done the right preparation when it comes to your choice of tinder and with some practice it should only take a few minutes to get a fire started. I tried many different materials and methods when first using flint and steel to make fire, because of the versatility of making fire this way its easy to experiment until finding the method that fits you best.
Sized to suit
The kits come in different sizes from simple keyring types right up to full kit complete with the tinder needed to get a fire going. These kits are a great idea for extended trips as other methods of fire lighting can fail, matches can get damp and lighters can run out or be easily lost.
Even if you use more conventional methods to light a fire having a flint and steel fire starter as a fail safe back up is always a good idea, any person knowledgeable in bush craft will tell you that having as many options as possible to get a fire going is always a serious safety consideration. Hard enough to keep a sharp edge the flint can be made from a range of minerals including flint, jade, bloodstone and quartz. For the metal to produce a good quantity of hot pieces when struck by the flint it needs to be high carbon tempered steel.
A new skill
Learning to start a fire without the need for modern equipment is a very rewarding process and it does not take long to master. Bush craft is a fascinating subject with many areas to cover and just a little knowledge can and has saved more than a few lives.