And next up on 'Lynn Gripes'... Tactical Folders.
i love this thread, i could have written it all myself so far please someone explain to me the importance of a ferro rod i've only ever tried (with mixed results) to light fires with one in the comfort of my garden. not sure i'd fancy needing a fire cos i was wet and cold then doing it
I'm probably gonna get flac for this. Don't care. I'm SICK of fishing gear in 72-hour kits. And next up on 'Lynn Gripes'... Tactical Folders.
Being in a city, any fish I pull out of a local canal or park, will probably kill me anyway
don't start with the 'Rambo hate' ! if it wasn't for him i wouldn't be the man i am (nor would Bear Grylls, i'd bet)
Quote from: nuphoria on April 04, 2013, 03:30:21 PMBeing in a city, any fish I pull out of a local canal or park, will probably kill me anyway This is another fair point. I think pulling a fish out of the Mississippi River here would be only marginally better for you than pulling one from the Ganges River
i rarely find myself 'ice climbing' (certainly not unexpectedly) so i'd rather have a lighter in MY kit.and when you are 'ice climbing' what do you light ? ferros are great for lighting stoves granted (as said by 50'-trad earlier)in MY 'survival kit' i'd go for a couple of easy light, guaranteed fires over 10000 possible sparks any day.
i'm not being deliberately argumental, please don't think me so even if i sound it. I AM VERY INTERESTED in your view/knowledge my issue with ferro rods is that while they do trump lighters/matches for weather resistance, in the wet stuff what you are trying to light tends to be damp.i have lit fires with a ferro, but i suck at it and if the tinder is moist i'm scr**ed
i have tried to light magnesium with a lighter, as i remember it's not that easy (needs to be Very hot i think ) i'd pack a mag block yes, just not a 'firesteel' thingy that all the bushcrafty types rave about.
oh and it needs to be as fool proof as possible, there always seems to be an idiot about when i do things