Why would somebody not have a disposable lighter in their pack or pocket?
I am speaking mainly of the small personal kits people carry on them when in the wilderness, Where people are concerned with space, not car camping.Why would somebody not have a disposable lighter in their pack or pocket?
Exactly, I think they are great fun to use.(I have a Black Powder Revolver for the same reason but, I wouldn't carry it for self defense) But you should always have a lighter on you. Some people advocate the use of a rod in place of a lighter in a personal kit. And site the reasons I mentioned above(mainly space and reliability).Some people like the "old timeyness" of the ferro rods.
I've got one. I didn't bother even listing it in my BOB in that sticky there. To be honest, I forgot I even put it in.I am speaking mainly of the small personal kits people carry on them when in the wilderness, Where people are concerned with space, not car camping.
Some think they only need a rod. They think they are superior to a lighter and more reliable . So, they dont need a lighter in their kits Come to think of it, Im not realy sure why anyone would waste the space on a rod.
Im with you on multiple ways to start a flame. I carry four! I dont like the the magnesium starters personally. The only way I found to use one reliably is to take a piece of hacksaw blade, about 4" and use as the striker. You can use the saw side to scrape the magnesium, and it works really well. I just think the effort expended toget it is too much for the return.I pretty much agree with the first post but would suggest having a few lighters and storing them seperate from each other.
The amount of effort required with strikers and magnesium bars is too much, takes up more room and is terribly invconvenient to use. I had better luck with a bow drill. At least with it I got smoke. LOL!
I have droped lighters in water many times, Just place it to your mouth and blow for a few seconds, till the spark wheel dries. It works fine.
I am refering to the small personal kits NOT a bug out bag, main pack, or your SHTF pantry. I guess its too much work for people to read the original post. Or they just dont understand what I'm talking about. There are HUNDREDS of people that come here and to other sites to learn and not all of them. Are as "experienced" as you.
I'm speaking of a situation where your life may depend on your abillity to start a fire quickly, I can dry off a lighter faster than I can gather tinder or get it to take a spark.
Have you ever thrown a lighter on concrete?.. It takes quite a good throw to break one open. Have you ever been so cold that your fingers wouldn't function? It would be hard enough just to flick a lighter, what if yer tinder got wet from falling in a body of water. Not trying to be rude, Just curious.
You are welcome to disagree with me but dont be rude, Im just offering myexperience and an opinion for others to consider.