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I look at my kit and feel it needs to be upgraded majorly after looking at these kits.
In my kit i carry a magnesium bar, Small ferro rod, small Swiss army knife, small lens, a bic lighter (which i test before every outing), waterproof matches, a small tealight candle, wetfire (basically jiffy fire lighters), aluminium foil, char cloth and i also carry a small container of pj cottonballs i just need to add a sharpener and this kit has done wonders for me so far, 95% of fires have succeeded with this kit as it is. not as comprehensive as some but it works.i also forgot i carry jute twine but i wear that on my wrist.
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This is my 'mini' kit. the usual: ferro rod in fatwood handle, extra fatwood, bic, matches hexi fuel tab, straw bellow, candles, charcloth, jute twine and a #2 opinel (did have the sharpener). I made a cotton wool wax dip match that is a sure thing in wet conditions.
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and the big one. burns kit was added and a copper bellow. two things I don't know how I lived without before. played around with fatwood shaving mixed with candle wax. The outerbark from a tree root (unknown species) takes the spark every time.
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Very well thought out. Have you considered a magnifying glass or fresnel card lens?
 

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Very well thought out. Have you considered a magnifying glass or fresnel card lens?
Just looked at fresnel lenses for sale, they are a whole lot cheaper than I thought. Will definitely add it to the kit, thanks. I keep the magnifying glass in my FAK but it's only good for use in the middle of the day in a WA summer. Would actually like to get a steel to try with some Kalbarri chert I have.
 

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as far as steels go, this is probably the cheapest quality Aussie production steel striker available I can find at the moment
https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Flint-striker-for-historical-reenactment-fire-camping-cooking/142272978658?ssPageName=STRK:MEBIDX:IT&_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l2649

I have one and they throw good sparks. If you don't want to buy one and have an old file (it has to be a high carbon file, so usually the older the file the better) just put it in a vice and carefully snap it off and there you have it, a nice little striker.
 

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as far as steels go, this is probably the cheapest quality Aussie production steel striker available I can find at the moment
https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Flint-striker-for-historical-reenactment-fire-camping-cooking/142272978658?ssPageName=STRK:MEBIDX:IT&_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l2649

I have one and they throw good sparks. If you don't want to buy one and have an old file (it has to be a high carbon file, so usually the older the file the better) just put it in a vice and carefully snap it off and there you have it, a nice little striker.
Thanks Wave Man, think I'll buy it.
 

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those are great "C" type strikers, well the one I bought was. Files are great if you can fine ones you aren't attached to.

Markets are a good source of files, often you can find old files for like $2 there, just take a piece of flint to verify that they will throw sparks, just ask the vendor if you can strike it.


 

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those are great "C" type strikers, well the one I bought was. Files are great if you can fine ones you aren't attached to.

Markets are a good source of files, often you can find old files for like $2 there, just take a piece of flint to verify that they will throw sparks, just ask the vendor if you can strike it.


27277thanks waveman, got the steel and works like a charm. Couldn't get a spark with some Kalbarri chert but the quartz was a success (pic).
 

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